My first 2 fish are of the genus Amphiprion percula also called Percula Clownfish in my Waterbox 220.6!
I got them at the same time from Aquario and they are both captive bred.
The bigger one, named now Lucy after a friend that is no longer with us was a marked as”Special” , at 3 times the price and she is a bit larger, so it probably is now male, soon to be female. It has special markings on her right side that look like a puzzle.
The second one, now named Happikos, is smaller than Lucy and expected to grow to become her husband. Happikos is a greek nickname for someone named Happy. He goes by both Happy and Happikos. (My best friend calls him Fair… comment below if you get the pun.) He is regularly colored, a bit on the dark side of the spectrum.
Amphiprion percula – “Special” Percula Clownfish
Lucy’s right side with the puzzle markings.
Happikos with wife Lucy (left side markings)
Amphiprion percula – Percula Clownfish
Percula is a protandrous (‘male first’) hermaphrodite. All hatch as males, but a hierarchy is established and the most dominant individual becomes the breeding female, the next becomes the breeding male. Here we have only 2 so the biggest one is expected to become a female. If ever I were to lose one, I must get one that is small enough to be either male or female in the future.
Captive bred Perculas are expected to be more disease resistant and easier to accept tank life (easier to feed, jump out of the tank less often).
When they get started they will breed 1-2 times a month. They clean with their mouths a place in the tank, usually close to the space they protect as their own, and then the female lays her eggs there to be fertilized by the male. Bot work to keep the eggs clean and oxygenated. After the eggs hatch they need special foods. Unless special tanks and care is taken the brood is usually eaten by the tank mates.
This special care starts by coaxing the female to lay eggs to a removable tile, removing the tile after fertilization (max 2 days later) and keeping an airstone aerating the eggs. As the eggs hatch daily water changes and feeding of special live foods are needed depending on their development stage. Polina, a member of our forum aquariumlife, is doing this at this time. If I get to do this in the future I will add my experience on this page.
Finally I should add that this is the second couple I bought this year. The first one was part of my first failure in having a QT tank.
I could not get the medicines I knew how to use (EU regulations), so I used copper… and misread the instructions. I added 20ml copper solution instead of 20 drops. The result was not good. They died in 4 days time.