Well, as promised I’d like to tell you a little about the clownfish that I’m hoping to breed. I’ve had these fish for about 4 months now, although it does feel like longer! I guess that because I had planned and researched for a while before actually pulling the trigger to order fish. I was looking for very specific clowns. What I wanted was:
- Clownfish that seemed to be of breeding size and age
- Healthy, disease-free specimens with no visible defects
- Fish that could create “designer” offspring
- Overall just clowns that I would be interested in and excited about
Where Should I get my Clownfish… hmm?
I debated in my head over purchasing separate fish and trying to pair them up or looking for a bonded or even mated pair. Another question I kept asking myself was where to get them from. There are a number of very good small breeders as well as some large-scale distributors. I found that it was nearly impossible to find the perfect pair. It ended up being sort of an, “I’ll know it when I see it,” situation.
I knew that LiveAquaria’s Diver’s Den was known for high quality and figured I’d check them out. As soon as I saw these fish I knew they were exactly what I was looking for. The only issue now would be convincing my wife that I should get them! Here’s the original image from Diver’s Den:
What I Knew About my new Pair
A little information about this pair. What I knew when I purchased them is that they are:
- Tank bred, which generally makes them a bit hardier and easier to keep in captivity.
- P1 – I’ve recently found out that this is simply their supplier’s grading system. So P meaning Picasso and 1 being their highest grade.
- Diver’s Den listed them as Bali Super Perculas. Bali being the location the originate from (Indonesia) and Super Percula being their moniker. Some might call them Super Picasso or Premium Picasso.
- A bonded pair. This means that they are more than just a pair recently placed together. They have accepted each other and there shouldn’t be much aggression.
I did have one concern – they were approximately the same size. I can’t remember exactly what size they were listed at, but it was something like 2 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 inches. In fact I couldn’t even tell which was the male and which was female by the pictures. My best guess wast that A was the male and B was the female (more on that later).
Why I Chose These Fish
What immediately caught my attention about this pair was the one labeled “B”. I personally think this is an exceptional example of a Picasso clownfish. I think the fact that both sides of the fish are so unique is interesting and also noticed right away that there was the desirable blue coloring on the top near the dorsal fin. I also loved the spots and the sideburns on one of the sides.
That’s not to say that “A” was any slouch either. You can also see some blue on the outlines of the white markings and it has some very nice patterns and lots of black. Ideally the white markings would touch from the front to the back of the clownfish and it would have some white on the face (sideburns), but that didn’t deter me from jumping on this pair.
Here is a video from when I first got them home and set up in their quarantine/observation tank:
They are who we Thought They Were
It’s nearly football season and hardcore fans might get that reference…
Anyhow, at this point there was absolutely no aggression, which was great. However, I still couldn’t tell which was male and which was female. Without the typical female domination – male submission displays that clownfish pairs are famous for it was quite difficult to tell. So I was still under the assumption that B was female and A was male. However it did seem clear that they were bonded. They spent most of their time together, slept together and of course didn’t try to kill each other like a new pair might do.
Early on they were very timid and not very aggressive eaters. In fact it took a few days for them to eat much at all. But in time they started eating and they’ve become much less timid (although they still aren’t very bold).
Next Update… Coming Soon
So that’s the intro to my bonded pair of Picasso Percula Clownfish. They’ve grown quite a bit since I got them – well, one of them more than the other! And that’s a good thing. It’s now clearly established which fish is the female (a bit of a surprise!), and she keeps the male in check. I’ll update soon on how they’re doing now with some new pictures or videos (sometimes it’s hard to get a good picture – videos of moving fish are much easier).
Find more information on breeding in this how to breed clownfish guide.