There are several facts about clownfish that have helped them in getting one of the principal fish many specialists decide for their saltwater aquariums. A long time before Disney gave the saltwater business a fix of adrenaline with the release of “Finding Nemo”, clowns were already one of the most popular captive marine fish because of their vibrant colors and hardiness. These fish are also notable for displaying odd, yet entertaining behavior. Such behaviors incorporate abnormal resting positions, an equally abnormal swimming style, and the capability to change their sex. It is these types of actions, along with their coloring, that prompted these species earning the moniker of “clowns”.
All clownfish are conceived as males. As they become more established, a hierarchy is naturally established with the most dominant fish at the top and the rest falling in line accordingly. The fish that sits atop this chain of command will experience a sexual transformation and become a female. The female will at that point pair with the male that is “second in command”, or the following generally dominant of the gathering. The remainder of the adolescents will remain males until one of the mated pair ceases to exist. On the off chance that it is the female that kicks the bucket, its male partner will get female, and the cycle proceeds with the following male in line getting mated with the recently transformed female. It is normal to see adolescents “tormenting” each other while they are experiencing these changes and establishing the hierarchy.
Aside from the trademark colors and striping, clown fish also display a recognized swimming style. Clowns swim by rotating their pectoral fins(the ones as an afterthought), instead of the flapping/stroking movement utilized by the majority of other fish. Utilizing the pectoral fins is what give them their characteristic drifting movement. As they rotate their fins they also shake their tail, giving them a waddling look as they swim across the tank. Personally, I can watch them for a considerable length of time, totally entertained by their swimming movements.
As you may have seen at this point, these fish appear to highly esteem being abnormal. They stay consistent with this bizarre mentality in the way they decide to rest. Incalculable proprietors have awoken to find their favorite little fish floating topsy turvy at the top of the tank, laying flat on the base, on top of each other, and pretty much any other position you can consider. This can cause panic with new proprietors who aren’t utilized to the “clownish behavior” of these fish, as they usually might suspect their fish have passed on. About 5-10 minutes after turning on the lights you will find that your fish will be up and swimming around as normal, and that it was just a false alarm.
This is only a couple of the various facts about clownfish behavior that makes the species one of the additionally intriguing to have within your home aquarium. These actions made this fish popular in the early days of captive marine tanks, and has protected their popularity all the way to introduce day. It is important to expect the sudden with these fish, and not freak-out each time you see something out of the ordinary. Simply after this, will you find yourself completely getting a charge out of the always entertaining aspects of clown fish behavior.