Lightning Maroon Clownfish


Lightning Maroon Clownfish

  • Lightning Maroon Clownfish
  • Premnas biaculeatus
  • Care: Beginner
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Alone or in pairs
  • Place of origin: Fancy clownfish are all captive bred
  • Coral Safe: Generally yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally yes
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Lightning Maroon Clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus, are stunning and make great additions to a marine tanks. Unlike most clowns, these fish have splendid, warm dark bodies instead of bright orange. As a result, this colour nicely accentuates their bright white bands. Instead of regular stripes, the defining feature for these clownfish, are the jagged, lightning like patches on their sides. Lightning Maroon Clownfish are perfect for someone after something a bit different, yet elegant.

Lightning Maroon Clownfish Ecology.

In nature, Clownfish form strict hierarchies, where the dominant fish is female. In the absence of a matriarch, a larger male clown will change gender and become the new boss. This is protandrous hermaphroditism. When it is time to lay eggs, the breeding pair will clear an oval shaped space for brood to go. The male Lightning Maroon Clownfish take up the job of guarding and fanning the eggs. Success of the brood depends on how attentive the subordinate males were.

Famously, Clownfish share a  symbiotic relationship with anemones. The Anemones offer the clownfish protection against predators. This is so, because anemones have stinging cells called nematocysts. Clownfish have protective mucus coats, which prevents the host from stinging them. In return, the Lightning Maroon Clownfish brings in food and keeps the Anemone free from parasites.

Clownfish are omnivorous, they will eat some algae and small meaty foods such as zooplankton or larvae.

Premnas biaculeatus: In the Aquarium. 

Lightning Maroon Clownfish are omnivores and do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept frozen Mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. They will also devour live foods, such as copepods and amphipods, that can be cultivated in attached refugium. Over time they will accept high-quality pellet and flake. We adapt all our Clownfish pairs to aquarium life before they leave us. We focus on their health, and most are eating a good quality flake food and/or pellet, such as JBL Maris, before being offered for sale.


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