The Goldflake Maroon Clownfish is an interesting variation of the Gold Stripe Maroon Clownfish. Typical individuals exhibit stripe extensions and/or spots.Like all Gold Stripe Maroon Clownfish, these fish start out with white colored stripes that turn gold as they mature with the first signs appearing around 12 to 18 months of age. Because they are shipped at 8 to 10 months of age hobbyists will be able to enjoy the beautiful transition phase from white to gold.
If introduced at the same time this fish can be kept in a pair. As an aggressive eater, the Goldflake Maroon Clownfish will eat most frozen meaty foods as well as herbivore diets. If you are able to get a fish of this rarity and quality into your tank, the Goldflake Maroon Clown's hardiness will allow it to be a staple member of your tank.
These clownfish do not need an Anemone to survive, but will accept many different Anemones as its host, including corals. Their favorite Anemones to call home are the Carpet Anemones Stichodactyla Gigantea or the Magnificent Anemone Heteractis Magnifica.
Clownfish have a very distinct swimming motion that is different from most fish. This is likely passed on through their genetic makeup from centuries of wiggling within the tentacles of Anemones. As the Clownfish wiggles within the stinging tentacles the Anemone's mucus is likely smeared over the Clownfish's body, which then protects it from additional stings.
In the wild they live in small groups with one large dominant female, one smaller sexually active male, and a handful of smaller males and juveniles. When the female is lost the largest male will then change sex and become the dominant female with the other Clowns moving up the ladder behind it.