Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish
4” (10 cm)
The Tangerine Albino Clownfish is considered albino because they are hypo-melanistic, meaning there is a reduction or lack of black pigment. A normal Ocellaris Clownfish black pigment between the white and orange stripes. Due to a mutation, the Tangerine Albino Clownfish do not have black pigment between the stripes. This gives the Tangerine Albino Clownfish a unique and different look. The black pigment is also strongly reduced in the fins. The fact that some black pigment is still present in the fins and eyes suggests that the mutation did not destroy the melanin synthesis pathway completely. Nevertheless, the Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish is considered an albino clownfish. The greatly reduced black pigment makes them very distinct from the regular Ocellaris Clownfish.
See below pictures for a comparison between the Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish and the regular Ocellaris Clownfish:
Temperament and Captive Care
The temperament and captive care requirements for Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish is very similar to that of the regular Ocellaris clownfish. It is relatively peaceful and hardy. They thrive in saltwater aquariums with or without an anemone present.
Most clownfish are omnivorous feeders, meaning that they will consume a variety of different food types. In nature the diet of clownfish consists of crustaceans (such as copepods and amphipods), algae, polychaete worms and leftovers from the anemone’s meal. Our captive bred fish are conditioned to eat a variety of aquarium diets including pellets, flake food, frozen Mysis shrimp, and frozen brine shrimp.
Aquarium Host Anemones
The Tangerine Albino Ocellaris Clownfish will readily accept a wide variety of host anemones and many hobbyists keep them with the popular and hardy Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor). As a reference the natural host anemones of the regular ocellaris clownfish are Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), Giant Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantean) and Merten's Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii).