Amphiprion sebae AMPSEB-011993-NEEWIL-001

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 1993 and is filed under Clownfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: AMPSEB-011993-NEEWIL-001

Date received: 1/19/93

Identification: Amphiprion sebae (Bleeker, 1853 )

Geographic origin: Indo-pacific 


Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N.)

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Osteichthyes

Order Perciformes Superorder Teleostei

Family Pomacentridae

Genus Amphiprion

Species sebae (Bleeker, 1853 ) 


Duration male(yr): 3.0

Size male (mm): 76

Duration female(yr): 3.0

Size female (mm): 87

Broodstock notes: Pair has spawned every 12 – 14 days since June 1992.

Physical differences: Male is smaller

Adult diet: Frozen Artemia, Wardley Total Marine®, chopped “pop-corn” shrimp with Boyds® vitamins.

Pre-spawning activity: Chasing one another while making a “vibrating” sound. Male shakes head in front of female. Cleaning nest site (rock).

Time spawning began: early PM

Area spawning occurred: slate under host anemone

Frequency of spawning: 12 – 14 days

Egg description: Bright orange circular mass ~ 75 mm

Approximate quantity: not indicated

Size: not indicated

Egg changes / development: Turn dark red at day 3

Incubation period: 7 – 9 days

Time hatching occurred: 2000 – 2200 hours

Size of hatching larvae: small

Yolk sac present?: no

Newly hatched appearance: very active and hard to see

Transfer / removal method: Slate removed to rearing tank; no success. Hatched larvae dipped out  


Spawning tank size (liter): 75

Sides of tank covered? No

Lighting & photo period: 1 20 watt Triton® fluorescent; 2 9 watt 5000K Osram ® sub-compact fluorescent; 1 9 watt Blue Osram ® sub-compact fluorescent. 12 hours

Filtration: Fluval 103®, skimmer. Undergravel filter with 2 powerheads (Visijet ® ).

Additives and dosages: Boyd® vitamins

Water temperature (F): 78

Specific gravity: 1.022

pH: 8.0

Nitrate: 8 ppm


First food offered: rotifers (from Florida AquaFarms, 1-(352) 567-8540 ). Twice per day

Second food offered: newly hatched Artemia at day 5

Survival: 5 larvae lived 5 days


Rearing tank size (liter): 37

Sides of tank covered? Yes, black

Lighting & photo period: no direct lighting. Ambient

Filtration: Tetra® Bille-sponge

Additives and dosages: none

Water temperature (F): 78

Specific gravity: 1.022

pH: 8.0

Nitrate: 8 ppm


Word origin: Amphiprion is from the Greek roots amph, -i, -o, meaning Around, on both sides; double, and -prion which means a saw. The genus sebae is unclear; there is a Greek root sebas-m, -t which means reverent or venerable; and/or a Latin root seb, -i, =um which means grease or tallow, otherwise no other association is found.

Suggested reading:

Fautin, Daphne G., and Gerald R. Allen, Anemone Fishes and their Host Sea Anemones,
Tetra-Press, Germany, 1994, ISBN 1-56465-118-5

Hoff, Frank H., Conditioning, Spawning and Rearing of Fish with Emphasis on Marine
Clownfish, Aquaculture Consultants Inc., Dade City, FL, 33525 USA, 1996

Moe, Martin A., The Marine Aquarium Reference: systems and invertebrates, Green Turtle
Publications, Plantation, FL 33318 USA, 1989, ISBN 0-939960-05-2 : 21.95

Thresher, R. E., Reproduction in Reef Fishes, T.F.H., Neptune City, NJ 07753 USA, 1984,
ISBN0-87666-808-2

About this report: Information contained in this report is taken from submitted observations. Taxonomy, Synonomy, Original description , Word origin and Suggested reading are provided by member(s) of The Breeder’s Registry staff. Information is presented under the belief that it is accurate. If you have information in addition to, or contrary to, that which is presented you are encouraged to contact The Breeder’s Registry. Permission is granted for “one-time” personal use. Reproduction as distributed or accessible media is prohibited without prior written permission.Copyright &copy 1999 The Breeder’s Registry. All rights reserved.

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