Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus)
Max Size: 5 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The Tomato Clownfish, also known as the Bridled Clownfish or Red Clownfish, is a widely distributed species found throughout the Pacific Ocean, often associated with anemones like the Bubbletip Sea Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). Unlike the Fire Clown, which is typically confined to Indo-Pacific reefs, the Tomato Clownfish has a broader distribution. In the absence of anemones, it can even use corals as hosts. Captive-Bred Tomato clowns often exhibit darker coloration compared to their wild counterparts, gradually transitioning to a delightful red/orange hue as they mature. Juveniles display distinct white bands and black pectoral fins, which fade away as they grow. While they can reach up to 5 inches in length, they usually attain a maximum size of around 3.5 inches in an aquarium.
Breeding the Tomato Clownfish is relatively straightforward in a home aquarium. Females are usually larger than males, and the pair will stay close to each other. As egg layers, they will deposit their eggs on a flat surface and fiercely protect them from other tank mates. Depending on the temperature, the eggs typically hatch in 6 to 11 days. To raise the fry successfully, they should be transferred to a separate aquarium and provided with a diet of rotifers and subsequently baby brine shrimp.
Regarding their diet, the Tomato Clownfish are voracious eaters and will readily consume most meaty foods and herbivore preparations.