Looking to add a clownfish to your home aquarium? There’s no denying that this bright orange and white fish is a beautiful addition to any tank. Here are a few things you need to know before adding Nemo to your tropical fish tank.
What does your clownfish eat?
Your fish should have a pinch of fish flakes about once per day. Since clownfish are omnivores, consider a fish flake that includes both algae and shrimp. You can even supplement with live worms!
How big of a tank does your clownfish need?
Your clownfish will need plenty of room to swim and grow. A new aquarium owner should invest in a tank that is at least 20-30 gallons.
While tank size recommendations vary, it is always better to have a tank that is too big than one that is too small. Smaller tanks are harder to care for and can lead to a poorer quality of life for your fish.
Are there any special tank requirements?
Outside of making sure that your tank is big enough for your clownfish (and any other fish you may already have at home), you’ll also want to make sure that your water quality meets your clownfish’s needs.
Here are a few water quality factors to keep in mind:
Temperature: 75-80 degrees F.
Salinity: Specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.026.
pH: 8.0-8.4 pH
Nitrite: Less than 0.2 parts per million.
How should I decorate the tank?
Clownfish love to spend time hiding in plants and rocks. Give your fish plenty of places to hide away. If you plan on adding sea anemones to your tank, know that they have their own special care requirements that are separate from that of your fish.
If you’re ready to add a new friend to your tropical fish tank, visit our Mineola store! From fish tank supplies to test for water quality to tanks to tropical fish, we have everything you need to make your new clownfish feel right at home.
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