Tangerine Storm Clownfish
4” (10 cm)
Yet another Sea & Reef first designer clownfish. We are proud to announce the release (December 2023) of our Tangerine Storm Clownfish. The greatly reduced black pigment makes them very distinct from the regular Orange Storm Clownfish. The reduced pigment give the fins a smoky appearance. Also, the lack of black pigment between the white body and the intense orange face gives them a clean and distinct look. Through selective breeding Sea & Reef has introduced the Tangerine Albino mutation to our Orange Storm Clownfish. The Tangerine mutation is considered albino because they are hypomelanistic, meaning there is a reduction or lack of black pigment. Tangerine albinism is expressed as a lack of black pigment between the white body of the fish and the orange face coloration. 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 Storm Clownfish is considered an albino clownfish.
See below pictures for a comparison between the Tangerine Storm Clownfish and the regular Orange Storm Clownfish:
Temperament and Captive Care
The temperament and captive care requirements for Tangerine Storm 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 Storm 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).