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Did You Know? Clownfish Are Popular Reef Fish

Posted by Lisa Allman on 9/23/2019 to Nonsports

Did You Know?  Clownfish Are Popular Reef Fish

Clownfish, also known as anemonefish, are most commonly recognized from the Disney movie Finding Nemo.  Both Marlin (dad) and Nemo are clownfish.

In the movie, both Marlin and Nemo were orange with white stripes.  In reality, there are thirty recognized species of clownfish ranging in color from the familiar orange to yellow, to red, and even black.

Clownfish are saltwater fish and not freshwater.  To keep them successfully, you must have a saltwater (or reef aquarium).

These fish inhabit the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef.  You can also find them near Japan and southeastern Asia.  No anemonefish can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, which is typically considered cooler.

Clownfish are also called anemonefish because of the close companionship with anemones.    The sea anemone protects the clownfish from predators and provides food through scraps.  In return, the clownfish defends the anemone from predators and parasites.  

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