The clownfish is a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts. Known for their bold contrasting colors and “smiling” faces, clownfish are one of the most attractive fish to keep in an aquarium. Clownfish are also known for laying eggs, which can be as small as 0.06 inches (1 mm) in diameter!
This blog post contains some interesting facts about clownfish laying eggs that you may not have heard before!
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Overviews About Clownfish Laying Eggs
Have your clownfish ever laid eggs?
Among all saltwater fish creatures raised in tanks, clownfish are likely the most candidates to breed. However, taking care of a baby clownfish until they grow requires your patience, persistence, luck, and maybe need some extra equipment.
How long do clownfish eggs take to hatch?
On a regular basis, Clownfish breed about every 10-14 days, and the eggs take 8 to 10 days before they hatch. On back-to-back evenings during spawning, it can be hard to collect them from the breeding tank.
Clownfish can lay how many eggs?
Clownfish are known to lay between 100 and 1500 eggs in a single event. The average pair pledges about 400-500 during spawning.
A clownfish’s egg production varies based on:
- Relative age and health of the pair: The relative age and health of the couple can influence their chances of successful breeding, with healthier offspring likely to be more fertile as a result.
- The diet of clownfish
Larger fish, like the maroon clownfish, produce as many as 1000 eggs at once. But smaller species are much more modest, with just a few hundred.
The place that clownfish lay their eggs
Clownfish lay their eggs on a small patch of rock that they’ve cleaned. In aquariums, aquarists often use pots or tiles as substitutes for more natural stones to make the job easier and keep new parents from accidentally eating the eggs.
Do Clownfish Offent Spawn?
I examined how long it took for two pairs of clownfish to lay eggs, as well as generally how often they breed. One group seemed more regular in their breeding while the other one alternated between regular and irregular periods with no activity at all.
When spawning regularly, the clownfish laid eggs about every 10-14 days. The eggs hatch in 8-10 days from being bred and on consecutive evenings when enough was spawned to overwhelm me with having to collect them.
The best way to take care of the fish and rescue baby clownfish is to set up a breeding tank. Clownfish seem less anxious in this environment, which means they generally leave newly-hatched larvae alone after they break free from their egg sacs
Ways To Protect The Clownfish Eggs
Place rocks and plants in a saltwater aquarium, providing spaces for clownfish to hide as well as surfaces they can lay their eggs. Soon after one batch of eggs is laid, the female will switch into a food-hunting mode while the male is left caring for them until they hatch. It is also up to the male partner to remove the eggs that do not get fertilized and those infected with fungus.
Clownfish generally lay eggs averaging 50 to 200. Breeding can take place a few times per month, and females live an average of 30 years. Clownfish breed more under favorable conditions of salinity at 30% or higher and temperature around 25oC.
When the eggs are first laid, they are a pinkish to orange color. They then become grayish in texture and finally silvery that our eyes can see. When the fry survives for about 10 days, it is certain that you will end up with a new clownfish.
How To Care For Clownfish Baby
Place the new hatchlings into a separate aquarium
The breeders can transfer the eggs to new tanks when they hatch or wait for the fry to come out of their eggs. Regardless, you need to separate the clownfish from their babies after hatching and put them in separately-framed tanks.
Carefully feeding your baby clownfish
As embryos, clownfish hatchlings use the yolk as their only source of sustenance. Through a process called hermaphroditism, the female can produce eggs for males to fertilize; she will eventually turn into a male and reproduce through parthenogenesis, which is an unfertilized egg that develops into a live member.
- Clownfish hatchlings should be fed live rotifers that are sometimes found in aquarium stores but can also be ordered from your supplier.
- Clownfish breeders more often rely on breeding rotifers themselves than they do from purchasing them at the aquarium store. Make sure you’re well-stocked before beginning to breed these nifty critters; otherwise your little ones won’t be able to survive this phase of life.
Daily change from 20 to 50% of the amount of water in their tank
One way that you can maintain a clean aquarium is to filter the water. This will help keep harmful bacteria and other organisms out of your water in order to keep it clear enough for you to see the tiny rotifers.
Try your best to help your fry turn into a fish
One of the most difficult transformations a clownfish undergoes is when it transforms from its larval stage to becoming an adult.
To give them a good chance at developing, start feeding the eggs with live brine shrimp that provide enough energy to grow rapidly. To improve their chances, even more, add some nutrients to the water, such as those sold for saltwater tanks.
If your clownfish make it through the transition, their distinctive color should start to show after about five months. They’ll grow rapidly, so you need to keep feeding them regularly and monitor your tank for water quality.
Video: Clownfish Laying Eggs | Reef Tank
Will clownfish eggs survive?
Clownfish eggs remain fully viable for eight days after fertilization if properly cared for. After hatching, the newly hatched clownfish larvae require specialized tending to ensure their survival.
How do I feed clownfish fry?
Ensure that your fish are equipped with adequate lighting but not too bright. A single light bulb is sufficient, but the light should be dispersed to the areas where your fish are located.
To feed a Clownfish fry, you can offer freeze-dried brine shrimp or some fresh brine shrimps as they become slightly older.
Half the water regularly to improve visibility. Keep a steady supply of food because you’re trying to boost nutrition levels at this stage in the newborn’s life, and it can be chancy without adequate nutrition intake.
How many eggs do clownfish usually lay?
Normally, a female clownfish will lay approximately 100- 1,500 eggs every two weeks.
To conclude, Clownfish, like most other fishes, will lay eggs. This fish is a shy species by nature, but with diligent and patient ownership, they can become sociable pets and spawn joyfully.
Raising baby clownfish from eggs laid in your reef aquarium is an incredible hobby. If you have a pair of clownfish, who’ve gone broody and laid eggs, congratulations! And I hope my blog will be informative to you. Thanks for reading!
Annette M. Chaney is an experienced marine biologist with over 20 years of experience as an aquarist and fishkeeper. She started her first aquarium at a young age, filling it with frogs and goldfish obtained from the ten-cent pet store.
Annette grew up caring for and breeding African Cichlids, which led to a hobby in high school that doubled as a profitable means. Attending Reed College gave her time to solidify herself as an accomplished aquarium caretaker with an eye for sales. After that, from 2009 – 2013, she studied at Roger Williams University – one of the most prestigious universities for Aquaculture and Aquarium in USA. She is the founder of AquariumCircle since 2010