Clownfish or anemonefish\u00a0can add some vivid colour and personality to your existing aquarium. This fish is quite a shy type of species, but over time, with diligence and patience on the part of the owner they can blossom into joyful a and adventurous marine pets.\n\nTheir colors are bright and inspiring, and they don\u2019t require as much\u00a0space as some\u00a0other fish.\nThe clownfish popularity soared after the release of the Disney Film "Finding Nemo", after which the clownfish became known as "The Nemo Fish"\nHow To Breed Clownfish: The Basics\nYou start out by buying a mated pair \u2013 that is, they have been raised to be a partner. \u00a0But the prices are varying to a big extent, depending on the breed. \u00a0For example, a pair of GOLDSTRIPE MAROON Clownfish can easily cost you $1200. \u00a0A pair of PLATINUM are\u00a0around\u00a0$450 and $380 for the OCELLARIS.\n\n\n\u00a0A pair of BLACK and WHITE clownfish is a little less than $100, but they are a hard find. \u00a0Pet shops are usually out of stock.\n\n\nIn\u00a0the case that the\u00a0store says they\u2019ve run out of supply, just ask the attendant and probably, he\/she can arrange a pair to be reserved for you the next time you come around.\n\nYou can also produce your own pair, but keep this in mind \u2013 you are dealing with a type of fish that is an external breeder \u2013 and this means the female lays eggs and the male fertilizes them.\n\nAnother rule in breeding clownfish: at the beginning, this fish is sexless and only develops female-or male-hood as they grow up.\n\nIn a group of clownfish, only one will become a female and that is the most dominant fish in the group. The second strongest fish becomes the male, to whom the job of fertilizing and defending the eggs is assigned. Other clownfish become sexless for the rest of their lives.\n\nShould you experience difficulty in pairing, pick two clownfish\u00a0with one obviously bigger than the other and then separate them from the rest.\nTo breed quickly and more frequently, you can pick pairs in which one is obviously stronger than the other, and then separate pairs in different tanks.\nClownfish are not too sensitive to water conditions, but providing a clean surrounding for them is a must to ensure that they breed fast.\n\nHere is a video example of the Clownfish mating dance:\n\n\nKnow How To Protect The Clownfish Eggs\n8-day old developing eggs\n\nPlace rocks and plants in an aquarium with saltwater. \u00a0Provide spaces where they can hide, and surfaces where the eggs can be laid. \u00a0As soon as the eggs are laid, the female will switch into\u00a0a food-hunting mode and the male takes over in caring for them until they hatch. \u00a0It is also the job of the male partner to remove unfertilized eggs and also the ones that are infected by fungus.\n\nDepending on factors such as the size of the female and the species involved, the number of eggs can range from 50 \u2013 200. Breeding can take place three times a month and the female can live up to 30 years. Favourable conditions for breeding include water salinity of 30 and a temperature of about 25oC.\n\nAt first, the eggs have pinkish to orange color, they then become grayish and finally\u00a0silvery at the time when the eyes are already visible. \u00a0If a fry survives to about 10 days, you can be sure you have a new clownfish.\nWhat Can I Feed Clownfish\u00a0Fry?\nProvide sufficient lighting for the hatchlings in order for them to see their food clearly, but not too bright. \u00a0A single light bulb will do, but disperse the light as much as possible.\n\nYou can feed the Clownfish fry some freeze-dried brine shrimps and maybe some fresh brine shrimp when they are slightly bigger. We love to use the Omega One freeze-dried brine shrimp.\n\nWe also have a guide on raising brine shrimp for food, if you're interested.\n\nChange 20-50 % of the water daily for the hatchlings to see their food clearly. Keep a steady supply of food because at this stage, the hatchlings are vulnerable and can easily die.\nHow Much Do Clownfish Cost?\nIf you go beyond just taking care of these pets and would want to make good earnings from selling them, you\u2019d be happy to know that each clownfish costs about $25 - $30 at PetCo, which used to be just $15 - $18 a couple of years ago (Thanks Dinsey).\n\nPlay around that price range and you\u2019ll make a great business. \u00a0Just be a little careful about breeding clownfish because, just like other fish species, they follow natural spawning, mating and rearing procedures which you should not in any way mess about with.