The Akindynos Clownfish, also known as the Barrier Reef Clownfish, is found associating with anemones throughout the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. When fully mature, these clowns are orange with two distinct black-edged white bands. They are often confused as the Clarkii clown, but the difference can be seen in the width of the white bands when mature. The Akindynos Clowns have much thinner bands when compared to the Clarkii. As juveniles, these clowns have a third band near the tail that disappears with age.
The Akindynos Clownfish requires a saltwater aquarium of at least 30 gallons, and does best in the presence of anemones such as Entacmaea quadricolor (bulb anemone). Like the related damselfish, it is well-suited for all but the most predatory tanks.
Although there are no external characteristics to differentiate male and female, all clownfish are sexually immature when hatched. Meaning that the fry do not have a pre-determined sex, and develop into males and females depending on the hierarchy of the school. A pair will lay eggs along the base of the host anemone, using it to protect the eggs. The eggs normally appear orange in color. Without proper preparation, rearing in the average aquarium is nearly impossible.
This clownfish is an aggressive eater. It will take most meaty foods and frozen herbivore preparations.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small; 3/4" to 1 1/4" Medium; 1-1/4" to 2" Large; 2" to 3"