Platinum Picasso Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)
Max Size: 3 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
This particular breed of captive-bred clownfish is truly a sight to behold! The Platinum Percula is a striking white variation of the Percula Clownfish that was developed over many years of selective breeding. Unlike the original species, these fish lack any distinct striping and are typically entirely white from head to tail. As they mature, they develop beautiful black fins that provide a stunning contrast against their white bodies and orange faces.
While the Percula Clownfish is already known for its beauty, it's the unique symbiotic relationship it shares with various anemones that makes it especially captivating for many aquarium enthusiasts. In the wild, these fish are often found alongside anemones like Heteractis magnifica or Stichodactyla mertensii.
Native to reefs in the Indo-Pacific, Oceania, and off the coast of Australia, the Percula Clownfish is also commonly called the Clown Anemonefish. Although they can reach up to 4.5 inches in length in the wild, captive specimens rarely exceed 3 inches. To keep them healthy and happy in a home aquarium, it's recommended to provide at least 20 gallons of water and plenty of live rock.
Breeding the Captive-Bred Platinum Clownfish in a home aquarium is relatively easy. The females are typically larger than males, and the pair will often stay close together in the tank. As egg layers, the pair will deposit their eggs on a flat surface and defend them from other tank mates. The eggs will usually hatch in 8-11 days, depending on the water temperature, and the fry will need to be raised separately on a diet of rotifers and baby brine shrimp.
The Platinum Clownfish has a varied diet that includes most meaty food items and herbivore preparations.