Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish, Captive-Bred
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Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish, Captive-Bred
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Captive-Bred
Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish, Captive-Bred (Amphiprion ocellaris)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Orange, Tan
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 3"
Origin Fiji, Tonga
Family Pomacentridae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

The Captive-Bred Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) is a new, “designer” variety of clownfish. It was developed by crossing a Black Ice Snowflake Clownfish with a Black Ocellaris Clownfish over multiple generations. The result is this spectacular new color variety of Black Ocellaris with distinct snowflake-like patterning unique in each fish. Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish demonstrates a wide degree of variation between individuals with young or juvenile fish beginning dark brown in coloration and eventually developing into the signature jet black coloration as they mature.

The Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish does best housed in an aquarium of at least 20 gallons or larger with plenty of live rock. The Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish may form relationships with the following species of anemones; Carpet (Stichodactyla sp.), Sebae (Heteractis crispa), Bulb (Entacmaea quadricolor), or Ritteri (Heteractis magnifica). Though the Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish does not require an anemone to thrive, if you choose to house an anemone, always be sure that your aquarium and lighting system will support the needs of the host anemone before incorporating one into the aquarium.

Captive-Bred Ocellaris Clownfish like the Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish have advantages over wild-harvested species. For one, the Captive-Bred Ocellaris Clownfish is very hardy and more accustomed to conditions found in home aquariums. Therefore, the Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish makes a great choice for novices and seasoned aquarists alike. The Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish can be kept with a variety of other captive-bred clownfish, if introduced into the aquarium at the same time.

The Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish like many other captive-bred clownfish, can be bred in the home aquarium with relative ease and is one of the most common "starter" fish for saltwater breeders. The female will be the larger of the pair, and two fish will usually stay close to each other in the aquarium.

The Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish is an egg layer and will typically deposit the eggs on a flat surface or within the proximity of the base of the host anemone, and defend the eggs from other tank mates. The eggs will normally hatch in 6-11 days depending on the temperature. The fry must be reared in a separate aquarium on a diet of rotifers and eventually baby brine shrimp.

Captive-bred Black Snowflake Phantom Clownfish are omnivores, requiring both meaty foods as well as some greens in their diet. A high quality marine flake food, rich in spirulina algae, as well as freeze-dried and frozen foods are readily accepted.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2".

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