The Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish is a vibrant color variety of the popular Ocellaris Clownfish. What distinguishes DaVinci varieties from conventional Ocellaris Clownfish is the prominent white banding that curve and merge together like brush strokes. The Snowflake Ocellaris Clownfish demonstrates a similarly high degree of white coloration but the edge or border between the orange and white coloration is “rougher” and more random in pattern. The MochaVinci Clownfish retains the dark orange coloration in neat, broad blocks beautifully traced by thick smoky black striping for a gorgeous, smoldering appearance.
Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish in the Grade A category boasts two connected stripes that form a fused wavy stripe with soft, rounded edges, while the Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish in the Grade B category demonstrate three distinct wavy stripes. On occasion, two stripes connect to form a fused stripe but only on one side of the body.
The Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish does best housed in an aquarium of at least 20 gallons or larger with plenty of live rock. It may form a symbiotic relationship with the following species of anemones; Carpet (Stichodactyla sp.), Sebae (Heteractis crispa), Bulb (Entacmaea quadricolor), or Ritteri (Heteractis magnifica). Though the Captive-Bred MochaVinci 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 Captive-Bred MochaVinci 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 Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish (Grade A) makes a great choice for novices and seasoned aquarists alike. The Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish can be kept with a variety of other captive-bred clownfish, if introduced into the aquarium at the same time.
The Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish, like several 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 Captive-Bred MochaVinci 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.
The Captive-Bred MochaVinci Clownfish is an omnivore, 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"