The ORA Premium Snowflake Clownfish is a popular variant of Amphiprion ocellaris that demonstrates an impressive amount of irregular white markings on the body. The edges of the white coloration will typically be jagged and angular. Often, as the ORA Premium Snowflake Clownfish matures, the edges of the white markings will develop a delicate baby blue hue worthy of its premium status. Each ORA Premium Snowflake Clownfish is evaluated by an experienced grader for the percentage of white and the attractiveness of the striping. Just as its name implies — no two are alike!
According to ORA, this popular Captive-Bred Clownfish was originally produced by Tropical Marine Centre (TMC) in the UK around 1999. Only around 100 of these fish were ever exported to the United States, making the F1 Snowflake Clownfish broodstock direct from TMC very uncommon. ORA obtained its first pair of F1 Snowflake Clownfish in 2005 and have been working on developing a hardier and more colorful strain of this beautiful clownfish ever since.
The ORA Premium Snowflake Clownfish is an excellent choice for almost any saltwater aquarium hobbyist as captive-bred fish have unique advantages over wild-harvested species. Captive-bred fish are very hardy and more accustomed to conditions found in home aquariums.
The ORA Premium Snowflake Clownfish is easy to breed in the home aquarium. The females will be the larger of the pair and the two fish will usually stay close to each other in the aquarium. Clownfish are egg layers and will deposit the eggs on a flat surface and defend the eggs from other tank mates. The eggs will normally hatch in 8-11 days depending on the water temperature. The fry must be reared in a separate aquarium on a diet of rotifers followed by baby brine shrimp.
The diet of the ORA Premium Snowflake Clownfish consists of almost any meaty food items and herbivore preparations.