Maroon Clownfish (Premnas biaculeatus) - Wiki
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[Photo] Captive-bred Maroon Clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus swims with a Bristletooth Tang in aquarist Mike Giangrasso's marine aquarium.
The maroon clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus, is a type of clownfish that are found in the eastern Indian Ocean, from Malaysia to Queensland. They can grow up to be about 16 cm (6. 3 in), and as they grow, they become more aggressive towards other clownfish. They are also known as the spine-cheeked clownfish, or the maroon anemonefish.
The stripes across the body are normally white, but can also be golden. The female is usually larger than the male and dark red or maroon, and the male smaller and a bright color red.
In the aquarium
A 30-gallon tank is suggested for one fish or 60 gallons for a pair. It normally likes to have a host anemone such as the bubble tip anemone (research anemone needs such as lighting before adding to tank). The maroon clownfish likes frozen shrimp and herbivore preparations. Because of its spines, this clownfish should not be caught using a net. The spines can get entangled in the the net, which can injure the fish. Instead, catching with a cup is recommended. The maroon clownfish is one of the larger, more aggressive members of the clown family. It is best to house them singly, the only exception being a mated pair. Do not mix the maroon clownfish with any other types of clownfish or bullying will occur. A good way to curb their aggression is to rearrange your rock work periodically. Also if you plan to keep one or a pair it is best to add them last. If the right parameters are met the maroon clown will be a hardy and amusing member of your aquarium community. They are human responsive to the point of trying to "intimidate" people they are not familiar with.
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