WATCH: Trash Talkin’ N Learnin’: River Clean Up and The Clownfish

Strap on your crocs and get ready for some cleanin’, learnin’ and laughin’ with Trash Talkin’ Tammy, Learnin’ Leslie and Corey the Clownfish as we clean up a river in South Florida on – not one – but 2 Hoodoo Hero 130 skiffs!

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Clownfish Facts

What is it?

An anemonefish that has 30 recognized species. For example, Corey here is an Ocellaris Clownfish, this is a Tomato Clownfish and this is a Maroon Clownfish. They come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Where do they come from?

The Clownfish can be found in the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific Oceans. They usually make their homes in coral reefs, lagoons or they make their home in an anemone.

What do they eat?

Small species of zooplankton which are small crustaceans that live in the water column and feed on phytoplankton. Like their prey, the Clownfish also feed on algae. For the Clownfish who make their homes in anemones, will feed on the scraps of food from the anemone.

How long do they live?

They can live anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on the type of clownfish.

Are they endangered?

As of October of 2021, the Clownfish is listed by the IUCN Red List as Least Concern with the population trend being unknown.

Why do they like to live in anemones?

The Clownfish and the anemone have a symbiotic relationship. This means that the two species benefit from one another. In the case of the clownfish, the anemone provides the Clownfish with protection and the Clownfish provides the anemone a source of nutrients from their waste. Since the clownfish is immune to the sting of the anemone, they can live within the protection of the anemone’s tentacles making it very difficult for other species to attack them.

Can you have them as pets?

Yes, but you need to do your research to ensure that your aquarium will be large enough to house this species for the duration of it’s life. You will also need to ensure that the tank mates will be suitable for them as well.

And that’s our species spotlight on the Clownfish.

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