It is the 21st century, and information, once entered over the internet, becomes global in seconds. The news of Blue Clownfish traveled to the corners of the world in no time.

The aquarists with years of experience in fishkeeping know that they do not exist, but a continuous flow of queries and replies made them re-think their knowledge of the subject.

The clownfish are saltwater species and became popular due to their ability to hide around the anemones, as they do not get affected by the harm they can do with their nasty spikes.

But do they display the blue shade that captures the name Blue Clownfish? Let us find out more about their existence in the real world.

What are Blue Clownfish?

Clownfish are a species of exceptional value in the commercial market. The fish have a glamorous appearance, a long life with higher susceptibility to changing water conditions, and a harmonious nature that makes them compatible with a more significant number of tank mates.

Discolor Rare Blue Clownfish – Image Credit: Reddit User Squidy Specifications

The fish is recognized in the Amphiprion Genus with a prominent scientific identification as A. Percula. It lives around East, South-east Asian countries, and the Australian continent, in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

A peculiarity about this species is that they are born as males but can alternatively switch between the genders many times in their lifespan. This phenomenon is known as protandrous hermaphrodites. It is done as per requirement, whether for reproduction or to lead the group.

The fish got the name “clownfish” from the color bars on its body that look like a clown suit. It has a white base with colored bars, which in the usual case are in the orange shade with black margins.

The Amphiprion Percula is also known as the Orange Clownfish, which is derived from its specific color appearance.

Hence, the Blue Clownfish should have thick blue bars over its body.

Does Blue Clownfish Really Exist?

To be very frank with our readers, the concept of Blue Clownfish is completely fake in the real world. No such species ever existed, but for various reasons, it came up in the real-time discussions to fanaticize the hobbyists and monetize their imagination.

But there have been occasions when sub-species of clownfish are discovered by aquarists that possess a considerable presence of blue color on their skin but are different from  expectations.

What Type of Blue Clownfish Has Been Found Till Date?

Blue Designer Clownfish

There are sub-species of clownfish found by a Thai aqua-expert, Nattawut Chotsuwan, which have traces of blue shade. Though they cannot be called a typical Blue Clownfish, they do deserve some credit for the long-awaited shade that has appeared on their bodies.

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These are artificially bred specimens with electric light blue coloration spread evenly over the white area, close to the black margins. In contrast, the primary portion is covered in orange or entire black bars.

The enthusiasts rigorously engage these fish in selective breeding to enhance the required shade. The process might work at some point to excavate blue bars in these Designer Clownfish.

Blue Tomato Clownfish

Discolor Rare Blue Clownfish – Image Credit: Reddit User Aol

A private fishkeeping company, iBluewater, claimed to have accidentally found a dark blue clownfish, and they named it Blue Tomato Clownfish.

The news was first posted on 3reef forums, describing it as “villager’s tales.” According to it, a few aquarists discovered an entire navy-blue clownfish during the hunt for White Cap Skunk Clown.

The fish had a white band running vertically around the head, while the clownfish is entirely navy blue with a purplish shade at the edges of the tail and fins.

Blue Lighting Clownfish

These are specifically morphed clownfish with a full blue iridescent shade reflecting on the skin. The haphazard white netting is also seen on the stomach and head region.

It is developed through the cross-breeding of Hippo Tang and Lighting Maroon Clownfish; hence, it is also called Blue Lighting Maroon Clownfish.

Blue Stripe Clownfish

The fish appears in a dense yellow base color with light blue stripes around the head and stomach portion. These are also called Blue Line Clownfish, a rarely bred species, as they find it hard to adapt to environmental change.

What are the References of Blue Clownfish Over the Internet That Exaggerated the Myth of Their Existence?

It is obvious that the true Blue Clownfish does not exist, but there have been incidences when stories have flooded over the internet about such a species creation.

An article was published in 2018 about a breeder’s attempt to generate a real Blue Clownfish, but there hasn’t been any update about the results, considering it a fake attempt.

An actual species is still an idea, but it has gained much popularity among the people. Here is a brief note about the relative incidence of capturing these fish.

1st April 2015

The first impression of this fish was seen on April 1st, 2015 from a fish selling portal that claimed to have exclusively bred clownfish in limited stock for sale at $149.

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It was obviously a prank but raised a quick conversation with a higher number of hits from the hobbyists that wished to grab the Blue Clownfish for sale.

Since then, there have been occasions when the name has been pulled to grab attention using morphed images, videos, fake stories, and other mediums.

The Tap Tap Fish: Abyssrium

It is a mobile game that sufficiently allows the Blue Clownfish to live within the game levels. The game was launched in July 2016.

If a player wants to get Blue Clownfish in the tap-tap Abyssrium, he must cross the specific level. It is possible by adding three snaps of any Percula Clownfish from the mobile device when the Blue Clownfish gets unlocked.

With a more significant number of these in the gameplay, the user can unlock guppies in other levels.

Tim Dorsey Clownfish Blues

Here is another mention of the Blue Clownfish in a published novel by Tim Dorsey in 2017, which seems out of context.

He named it Clownfish Blues, where the story’s background is about two men traveling through towns in search of a job. But the fact is that it does not involve clownfish in any way.

Blue Clownfish Squishmallow

Squishmallow is a famous stuffed toy brand that came into existence in 2017. They produce high-quality toys in a variety of colors, resembling different animals.

People love to buy them and collect every new addition of the so-called “Squishmallow squad” and showcase them on social media.

Ricky the Blue Clownfish Squishmallow is a prominent pick from the squad. And though it does not resemble an actual fish available in the natural environment, it has lately fulfilled many fish keepers’ wishes.

Does German Blue Ram look like Clownfish?

The German Ram is an attractive fish with blue-lit appearance and a yellow shade. They have a shape and size similar to a clownfish, with blue on the stomach.

But they do not possess the color patterns of a clownfish, so they cannot be called a look-a-like of clownfish.

Let’s Check out Which Fish can Live Together With Clownfish.

Clownfish are peaceful and friendly in their behavior and comfortably adjust or accept many types of fish in the tank.

Clownfish and Blue Tang

Blue Tangs are one of the most aquarium species and easily adjust to most fish. Both the clownfish and Blue Tang can live together as peaceful tank mates, provided they are of similar size.

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At times, these fish are seen in combative indulgence when they are observed hitting each other, but it often appears as if they are in a mating posture. But these two can’t mate and reproduce as a hybrid specie.

Blue Damselfish and Clownfish

The Blue Damselfish are alluring creatures and belong to the same family as the clownfish. The Damsels are known for their territorial behavior, which is the opposite to the nature of the clownfish.

But still, they can live together in the same tank since the clownfish can handle the latter’s aggression.

As a keeper, you should introduce the Blue Damselfish after a few days of putting the clownfish in. During this time, the clownfish will claim its territory, and the damselfish will not trouble them much.

Blue Chromis and Clownfish

The Blue Chromis is a glamorous fish with a royal blue color coated in transparent shine on the surface. They are slightly bigger than the clownfish but are simpler and more adaptable to the companions of the tank.

Since there are no issues of fighting for a place or food or interfering with each other’s lifestyle, these two fish can stay in the same aquarium.

Clownfish Blue Anemone

Anemones are sea creatures that look like soft spongy grass inside water. These creatures have venomous tentacles, which can prove dangerous to the aquatics if they come in contact. The clownfish is tolerable to the stings of anemones that can paralyze other animals.

But the clownfish, also known as anemone fish, find it as special as any friend. It easily penetrates between the anemone branches and feels protected because predators do not attempt to fulfill their wishes in that place.

Final Words

As of now, after recognizing the different species of clownfish, it is clear that they may generate a blue shade on their body surface with specific patterns, but not the one you are looking for.

The aquarists have regularly been trying to develop the Blue Clownfish by artificial breeding in captivity, but it has never been an easy process, and none of them have proved successful.

There might be someday when the typical species appears after several cross-breeds, but till then, we can enjoy the available recreations of different shades of clownfish.

About the Author

Victoria Lamb

Victoria is a freshwater aquatics specialist, fish keeper, and amphibian enthusiast. She has had more than 6 years of experience caring for aquariums and keeping several fish species, and her home boasts of 3 aquariums and a garden pond. Her goal is to educate fish owners on raising healthy and happy aquatic pets.

Career Highlights:

  • Has worked with several aquarium manufacturers as a consultant
  • Organized and hosted workshops on freshwater fish keeping at retail stores, educational facilities, and libraries
  • Released content for the amphibian community through her writings

Educational Highlights:

Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior and Welfare

  • University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK (2014-2018)

Writing Experience

Victoria has done ghostwriting for many aquarium and pet websites in the past. She has also worked for Canada's largest natural health magazine- ALIVE, with 300,000 monthly circulations as a freelancer. She had six published articles on animal behavior and welfare during her graduation for her thesis.

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