Saddleback Clownfish

Other Saddleback Clownfish Names: Saddle Back Clownfish, Black Saddleback Clownfish, Brown Saddleback Clownfish

Saddleback Clownfish Scientific Name: Amphiprion polymnus

Alternate Scientific Name: Perca polymna

Saddleback Clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus)
Saddleback Clownfish Ease of Care: 8/10
Saddleback Clownfish Reef Safety: Reef Safe
Reef Safe
Temperature Range: 75°F-81°F
pH Range: 8.1-8.4
Salinity Range: 1.02-1.026
Group: Damselfish (Damsels/Clownfish)

Family: Pomacentridae

Distribution: Pacific Western; Western Pacific; Ryukyu Islands to the Gulf of Thailand, Indonesia. Northern Australia and Solomon Islands.

Saddleback Clownfish Adult Size: 5 inches (cm)

Saddleback Clownfish Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons

Saddleback Clownfish Temperament: This species is quite territorial and may attack other fish that encroach. This territorial behavior is stronger with other clownfish and can be increased with the addition of an anemone.

Saddleback Clownfish Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - This species routinely accepts most foods such as flake and pellet. A varied diet including frozen foods will help to ensure health.

Saddleback Clownfish Description: Good beginner species, they will readily accept all foods. Tank raised species usually fare best. Although prices for tank raised species tend to be higher than wild caught, they have much higher survival records. If you wish to get an anemone for your clown, it is best to try and find one that has already hosted with an anemone and purchase them together. Attempting to add an anemone at a later date (even if the anemone purchased is the best possible host species) will not guarantee that the clown with take to the anemone.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Can be territorial but generally only gets aggressive with other clownfish. You should not mix clownfish species unless you have a very large tank - on the order of 200 gallons.

Saddleback Clownfish Breeding & Spawning: One of the easier saltwater fish to breed. Raising young can prove difficult due to finding acceptable food sources.

Determining Saddleback Clownfish Sex: Clownfish are born asexual and the most dominant fish in a group will become a female. The other fish will become males. The females are larger, more colorful and more dominant. If the female clownfish died or is removed from the aquarium, one of the males will take over the dominant role and become a female.

Aquarium Region: All over.