The orange skunk clownfish (Amphiprion sandaracinos) is also known as the golden anemone fish. It is one of six skunk clown species in the complex, the other five being the pink skunk clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion), the Maldives clownfish (Amphiprion nigripes), white-bonnet clownfish (Amphiprion leucokranos), Thielle’s clownfish (Amphiprion thielli) and the skunk clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos). The orange skunk clownfish is noted for its orange body and white stripe running from its mouth to the base of the caudal fin. It does not sport a head bar. They grow to around 4 inches or so. They pair fairly easily and can be housed in a minimum 30 gallon tank.
They hail from the Indo-Pacific and can be found in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Melanesia, and into southern Japan, as well as Christmas Island.
The orange skunk clownfish is omnivorous and can be fed a varied diet that includes mysid shrimp and algae. In the wild the orange skunk clownfish can be found hosting Stichodactyla mertensii and Heteractis crispa sea anemones, more so the former than the latter. If you find one at the local fish store hosting an anemone, and both fish and anemone are to your liking, buy both.
This fish is captive bred so there is no need for acquiring a wild caught specimen. Ask for captive bred at your local fish store. ORA and BlueZooAquatics are two of several facilities that captive breed the orange skunk clownfish.
John B. Virata has been keeping fish since he was 10 years old. He currently keeps an 80 gallon cichlid tank, a 20 gallon freshwater community tank and a 29 gallon BioCube with a Percula clown, a huge blue green chromis, and a firefish all in his kitchen, and a 55 gallon FOWLR tank with a pair of Ocellaris clowns, two blue green chromis, a six line wrasse, a peppermint shrimp, assorted algae and a few aiptasia anemones in his living room. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata