Hybrid clownfish are usually the purview of wild collected livestock but Ocean, Reefs, & Aquariums has a long track record of interesting clownfish crosses. Whether intentional like the blood orange clownfish or accidental like any number of their clarki and tomato hybrids, ORA’s latest is actually for sale in LiveAquaria’s Diver’s Den.
The hybrid of a clarkii and ocellaris clownfish is a surprisingly very high quality specimen with perfect fins, an award-deserving outline to the body, very clean orange coloration, and flawless stark white bars across the body. One thing about clownfish in the aquarium hobby is that they are usually offered up for sale while they are still small and immature, not yet demonstrating all the qualities of mature adults for the species.
The specimen in the Diver’s Den is halfway there, showing a beautiful and unique combination of features of its hybrid ocellaris and clarkii pedigree. It will probably get almost as large as a regular Amphiprion clarki, while retaining a more saturated orange coloration overall in addition to three distinct, well-defined bars courtesy of its Amphiprion ocellaris genetics.
As far as unusual clownfish go, this hybrid of the two most common clownfish species is actually very rare, but what really drew us to share this fish is the quality of the specimen. Five hundred dollars is no small amount of money to spend for an aquarium fish, let alone a clownfish, but once this fish reaches maturity we believe it will develop into a very unique, show quality clownfish as an adult. [LiveAquaria]