Picasso Clownfish “Picasso Clowns”

picasso clownfish

Last updated on September 18th, 2022 at 05:22 am

A picasso clownfish is a type of angelfish. They are generally found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean with some species also being seen in the Red Sea and eastern Africa. The fish has markings on its body that mimic anemones, which serve as protection mechanisms against predators who don’t want to get stung by these creatures.

This animal is a member of the “fish” species.

Origin and description

The picasso clownfish is a small, colorful fish that can be found in the Pacific and Indian oceans. It lives among corals or sponges on outer reefs, usually at depths of less than 50 meters (164 ft). The maximum length for this species is around 11 cm.

The fish was first discovered in 1977 by a group of scientists who were off the coast of Indonesia. They named it for its resemblance to the artist, Pablo Picasso.

This animal has been observed in many parts of the world and there are several different varieties that mimic other animals or plants as well this animal can be found in many parts of the world and there are different varieties that mimic other animals or plants.

The picasso clownfish is a popular aquarium fish because they show off their colors when kept in an enclosed space, this animal is often used for commercial purposes, such as being sold at pet stores.

There are currently three known species of picasso clownfish. One is found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, another can be found in parts of the Arab Sea and Eastern Africa, and a third has been only seen once at an oil rig off the coast of Indonesia.

Species profile

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The picasso clownfish (also known as the false percula) is a hybrid of two other clownfish species, those being southern and northern. The first recorded cross was between a male true percula and a female false percula in an aquarium in East London, South Africa. This fish has been bred extensively due to its bright colors, which is why it can be found in the trade.

Color and appearance

The picasso clownfish is characterized by a bright red body with an orange-yellow head, which distinguishes it from other members of the genus. The fins are yellow and separated into three parts.

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Life cycle of a clownfish

The life cycle of the picasso clown starts out as an egg laid by one female. The eggs are fertilized and then float in open water until they hatch into larval fish called “wrigglers.” These wrigglers will grow up to be juveniles, but first must make their way from the plankton-rich water near the surface to the seafloor. This is a perilous journey that usually takes between three and six months, during which they will eat small planktonic organisms and grow in size. Once on the bottom, juveniles must find an adult male to become their primary female partner; once partnered with one of these adults, they are called “subdominants.”

Sexing the picasso clownfish

Clownfish are sequential hermaphrodites, meaning they can change sex. This means that all clowns may start out as males when young and then turn into females in adulthood. When a male reaches about two inches long, it is mature enough to reproduce with the dominant female or other subdominant males.

Size and lifespan

The size of the picasso clownfish reaches up to six inches. In captivity, they can live anywhere from four to seven years. It’s not uncommon for them to die at an early age in their natural environment due to predators or simply because it is difficult for juveniles to get from the surface water down onto the seafloor where food and potential mates are.

Picasso clownfish care

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The Picasso Clownfish is a popular species of saltwater fish because they are easy to keep and maintain in an aquarium. They require minimal care which makes them perfect for beginners who have never owned saltwater fish before. These clownfish can range from orange, yellow, white, or black with a spotted pattern on their body that resembles the famous painter, Pablo Picasso.

The most important thing to remember about the care of a picasso clownfish is that they require a tank with live corals and anemones in order for them to thrive. They also need plenty of places to hide, so caves are necessary as well as rocks or coral structures that will serve this purpose. There should also be an ample amount of live sand so that the villi can grow and cover the rocks.

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What they eat

Picasso clownfish are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They primarily feed on small crustaceans, such as copepods, amphipods, and mysids; shrimp larvae; fish eggs; algae including seaweed-like algae species Ulva Lactuca. They also consume a variety of planktonic organisms, both animal and plant.

Picasso clownfish live in a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones – they clean the anemones of parasites and provide food scraps from their meals to nourish them. Picasso clownfish are adept at holding on to rocks in strong currents or tide pools and can also be found perched atop sponges, hydrozoans, and other marine invertebrates.

Tanks mates

Picasso clownfish live in pairs and are usually found on the outer edges of anemones, corals, or sponges. They will spend most of their time well away from other fish that they do not know in order to avoid harassment.

Some enemies include moray eels, scorpionfish, stonefish, and lionfish.

Water condition

The water conditions that they like are a pH of about eight, temperatures of seventy degrees or warmer, and salinity at about thirty-six to forty parts per thousand.

Habitat maintenance

The tank needs to be cleaned regularly so that the water is not polluted. Rocks and sand should also be changed once in a while, or they will start to dissolve into the water.

Are they peaceful or aggressive?

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The picasso clownfish is classified as a peaceful fish. It’s one of the most popular saltwater aquarium fishes, and many people buy it because they believe that their tank will have an “instant reef” without any other more aggressive or territorial fish in there to interrupt the peace. This means that this species can be kept with just about anything, and will not be territorial.

Picasso clownfish breeding

The picasso clownfish is a protogynous hermaphrodite, meaning that it starts out as female and changes to male. They change sex from female to male when the dominant fish in their group dies or disappears (from death or migration). Clownfishes are sequential hermaphrodites so they only switch sexes once during their lifetime.

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Currently, the picasso clownfish is not threatened or endangered in any way. It has been included on some lists of potentially vulnerable fish species but there are no data to support its inclusion at this time.

Does it make good pets?

Picasso clownfish are beautiful and interesting fish to keep as pets. They’re not the most popular of saltwater creatures, but they make for an excellent addition to any aquarium setup and can also be enjoyed in freshwater tanks. If you want more information on keeping this species as pets, read the below tips!


Clownfish are susceptible to a number of different parasites. The most common is Cryptocaryon irritans, or ich. It’s usually brought on by poor water quality and can be treated with copper-based medications like copper sulfate cations (Cupramine) or tricaine methane disulfonate (Noxen).

Clownfish are also susceptible to a few different species of parasitic worms. The most common is Chaoborus, which enters the fish through its gills and attaches near or inside their mouth. They can be removed by gently pulling them off with forceps, but they will typically just reattach themselves again unless treated right away with a copper-based medication.

Additionally, clownfish are susceptible to some bacterial infections such as columnaris and furunculosis that can usually be treated with antibiotics or erythromycin if caught early enough in the infection process.

The vulnerability to predation

The Picasso Clownfish is an example of a fish that has evolved to protect itself from predation. In the wild, these fish live in very deep water and are most threatened by larger predatory fishes who prey on them at night when they leave their hiding places during low tide. They have developed several strategies for protection which make it difficult for predators to feed on them.

For protection, they have a remarkable camouflage pattern that makes it difficult for predators to see their silhouette in deep water. They also maintain very still when approached by a predator and avoid swimming out of the protective coral reef habitat that provides refuge from predation during low tide. Interestingly, these fish are able to detect the electric field of a predator and will react to an approaching predator by quickly swimming away.

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Summary: Quick Tips

picasso clownfish

  • Picasso clownfish are omnivorous and will eat a variety of foods, including live feeder fish
  • They are not aggressive towards other fishes in the aquarium but can become territorial if their space is encroached on too much
  • Because picasso clownfish have limited swimming speed, it’s best to put them in an open tank or one with a lot of rockwork or other structures where they’ll be able to hide
  • This species is one of the few that should not have a sand substrate in their tank -It can cause issues with its breathing and may also result in an injury if the clownfish tries to swim through it or feed on bits too large for its mouth. As such, it’s important to provide a lot of live rock for them to hide in and feed on
  • This species is not the best choice if you’re looking for tank mates that can eat algae or clean up waste
  • They have been known to change color from reds, oranges, and yellows into brownish colors when stressed. This is not a health issue and will usually only happen if the tank is overcrowded or there are too many aggressive fish
  • In captivity, they can live for up to 15 years
  • Picasso clownfish should be kept at temperatures of 72°F – 82°F (22.22ºC – 27.77ºC) with a salinity level of around 30 ppt.