Gold Lightning Maroon Clownfish is a designer clownfish that was created by breeding a Sea & Reef Lightning Maroon Clownfish with a Sea & Reef Gold Nugget Clownfish. The offspring from this unique crossing display a variety of interesting patterns (see group photo below). A remarkable feature about the Gold Nugget Maroon is that they start out white and as the fish grow, the color change from white to its final golden color. This typically happens when the fish is about 1 to 1 ½ years old and about 2” or a little larger. Since the Gold Lightning Maroon Clownfish is a new strain we are not yet sure yet if it will turn yellow as it matures. However, we expect that they probably will. We will write an update once we have fish that have grown to about 2"
Temperament & Captive Care
The Maroon Clownfish is the largest known species of clownfish and has developed a reputation for their bold behavior. The females can grow to 6” and can be very territorial especially when defending a nest of eggs. It is best to not mix maroon clownfish with any other clownfish species in your tank and to only keep a mated pair or a single fish. Captive bred Maroon Clownfish are generally less aggressive compared to wild collected fish.
Maroon Clownfish have a healthy appetite. Most clownfish are omnivorous feeders, meaning that they will consume a variety of different food types. In nature the diet of clownfish consists of crustaceans (such as copepods and amphipods), algae, polychaete worms and leftovers from the anemone’s meal. Our captive bred fish are conditioned to eat a variety of aquarium diets including pellets, flake food, frozen Mysis shrimp, and frozen brine shrimp.
Aquarium Host Anemones
Maroon Clownfish will readily accept a wide variety of host anemones and many hobbyists keep them with the popular and hardy Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). Clownfish do not require host anemones to survive or thrive. However, in most cases they will readily accept them. For Gold Lightning Maroon Clownfish we recommend the popular and hardy Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor).
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