During my twenty plus years keeping reef tanks I have usually had a pair of clownfish in my display. I just love them. Not only are they colorful, but they can exhibit some really cool behavior when they host a coral and/or mate and lay eggs. As I detailed in an earlier blog post, designer clownfish provide reefkeepers with some beautiful options to choose from, with their striking patterns and coloration.
MochaVinci Clownfish – A Special Blend
A few months ago I was fortunate enough to pick up a mated pair of MochaVinci Clownfish, a strain bred by Sea & Reef. According to Sea & Reef, they created the MochaVinci Clownfish by breeding their jet Black Ocellaris Clownfish with their DaVinci Ocellaris Clownfish. The pairing produced a fish with a swirly white pattern and golden/black coloration, a combination that is easy on the eyes, at least my eyes!
Sea & Reef has produced both Grade A and Grade B MochaVinci Clownfish. The Grade A strain has at least two connected stripes on each side of its body while the Grade B strain has stripes that are not connected or connected on one side only. I believe my pair are Grade A but I am not an expert at ID’ing and grading extreme clownfish. For a closer look you can check out this video.
Overall, MochaVinci Clownfish and other varieties of clownfish are very hardy, peaceful and willing to accept a wide variety of food, including pellets (I have used New Life Spectrum Thera A, Coral Frenzy .5mm Reef Pellets and PE Mysis Pellets ), PE Mysis frozen shrimp and Larry’s Reef Frenzy. Hunt some down and give them a try the next time you are thinking about adding some clowns to your tank.
If you would like some help with a new tank build, including help designing a custom aquarium, or help re-configuring your current setup then you can visit this page for more information. And if you are looking to add some equipment, I do sell GHL, Pax Bellum, Reef Octopus Calcium and Kalk Reactors and Royal Exclusiv products, including Dreamboxes, which is the equipment I use and recommend. I also sell Reef Brite metal halide and LED fixtures as well as Maxspect & IceCap Gyres.
As for additional insights and information, please explore my many other reef tank and SPS related articles as well as my YouTube channel. For an even deeper dive into reef tank care you can check out my Reef Keeping Master Class. This online course is an immersive and one of a kind educational tool designed to help reef aquarium hobbyists build and maintain a beautiful SPS reef tank. The course is a series of video presentations with some supplemental video from my YouTube channel. There are also quizzes to help students retain and understand the information presented in the course.
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