Tomato Clownfish – Amphiprion frenatus
The tomato clownfish comes from the tropical western Pacific ocean. They are a hardy fish and are good fish for the beginner. The tomato clown can be used when maturing a tank.
Maximum Size: The tomato clownfish should grow to a maximum size of 5.5 inches
Minimum Tank Size: The minimum tank size should be 30 gallons
Care Level: The tomato clownfish is a very hardy fish. On a scale of 1 –10, (10 being easy) it would rate a “9”. The tank should already be cycled before introducing this fish.
Tank Conditions: - Temperature 77-79°F; Specific gravity: 1.021 – 1.024; pH: 8.1 – 8.3; Nitrates should be no more than 20 ppm.
Color: The tomato clownfish – as picture shows has two colors. The upper body is orange red and its sides have one to two white vertical stripes behind the gills.
Temperament: This is a good fish. It can ultimately become aggressive to other clownfish of its kind. As it matures the tomato clownfish may become aggressive to more docile tank mates. Unless you put in a mated pair, it is best to keep only one per tank
Reef Compatible: Will do well in a reef aquarium although it may eat small crustaceans and marine worms. It has been mentioned that they will pull feather dusters from their tube, we have not witnessed this behavior. It is generally a safe reef fish.
Diet: Omnivore – will take both meat and plant matter. Feed a varied diet of chopped shrimp, brine shrimp, chopped squid and clams as well as flake food and plant matter that is used to feed herbivores.
Habitat: Provide with plenty of hiding places. Good water circulation is important as well as high quality water maintenance. Filtration should include a protein skimmer and activated carbon filtration.
Lighting: Depending on the tank setup you desire. The tomato clownfish needs no special setup, however the anemones that it likes may need halid or high output full spectrum lights.
Compatibility: Clownfish in general can be kept with, catfish, filefish, firefish, gobies, clownfishs, rabbitfish to name a few and they should not be housed with groupers, sharks, lionfish or rays and can be a problem if housed with damselfish, butterflyfish, cardinalfish and triggerfish.