Cinnamon Clownfish, Amphiprion melanopus

The Cinnamon Clownfish (Amphiprion melanopus), otherwise known as the fire clownfish, is a widely distributed clownfish. It is mainly found in the western and southern portions of the Pacific Ocean, but can also be found in more central parts of the Pacific Ocean. It can also be encountered in the waters off of northern-western Australia.

They are omnivorous, and will consume various meat food items and algae.

These fish are one of the larger clownfishes and can be territorial and aggressive, particularly as they get older, and especially to other clownfish. This is not an edible fish.

Cinnamon Clownfish can achieve a length of 4.7 inches, the females usually being bigger than the males.

It is a dark red to orange color with a mahogany “saddle” featured on its back. The juveniles and the adults have a white head band, which is wide and stats behind the eye, which turns a nice blue color with age. The fins of the fish have lighter coloration than the rest of the fish and can occasionally be a cinnamon color.

They host sea anemones such as Entacmaea quadricolor, Heteractic crispa, and Heteractic magnifica.

It has a healthy diet and being omnivorous in nature, they will consume various food types, but mainly it eats zooplankton. This fish will accept all foods within the aquarium.

Image Caption: Amphiprion melanopus (Black anemonefish) in Heteractis magnifica (Magnificent anemone). Credit: Nhobgood/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)