The idea of a solid yellow clownfish is one that first came to our attention with the discovery of a single, stunning specimen collected way back in 2014. Although this lone individual went to a private collector, the seed of possibility was planted in the minds of clownfish breeders and one company called Similan Farm Clownfish in Thailand has been working to refine a line of solid yellow clownfish.
Captive raised clownfish have developed into a myriad of many different domesticated strains with some lineages working to expand the bars into solid white strains called platinums, wyoming whites, flurries, and most recently snow storms. Additional work has been achieved to eliminate the bars altogether resulting in the creation of naked clowns which are all black or all orange in coloration, and it’s from this latter pedigree that Similan Clownfish Farm has been line breeding increasingly lighter and brighter clownfishes.
While not yet as stark yellow as that first solid wild specimen, SFC has made great progress with their development with their current pairs being almost completely solid yellow with the slightest hint of tangerine-orange. A video shared two years ago showed broodstock which retained an attractive black margin to some of their fins but their newest generation of ‘super yellow’ clownfish have reduced this dark edge to only the pectoral fins. Either one of these is an extremely attractive fish so as long as the fish have good face and body shape and reasonably natural looking fins, we are very much in support of seeing super yellow clownfish make their way to the aquarium hobby in the future.