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Saltwater Aquarium Fish - Damsels and Chromis

 
   

Damselfish are the most common "starter" saltwater aquarium fish. They are considered good starters because they are inexpensive if lost, they adapt well to a variety of water conditions, and they make colorful additions to any saltwater tank. We recommend captive bred damsels because they are hardier and it helps protect the reefs from dangerous fishing practices. A big misconception about damsels is that they get along well with other fish. Damselfish become very aggressive as adult fish. This can be a problem if you have added them as a starter fish to stabilize your new tank and then want to add new fish. When you add any new expensive fish to the tank you may have a territorial problem with the existing damselfish. To combat this problem, it is best to keep damselfish in small groups of three or four. Damselfish are omnivorous and will eat a wide variety of flake foods. They also enjoy Brine Shrimp as a treat. They are a hardy fish that are rarely susceptible to disease and parasites.

Jewel Damselfish
Microspathodon chrysurus

Description: Microspathodon chrysurus , or the Jewel Damselfish is a Damselfish from the Western Atlantic. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade, where it is known as the Marine Jewelfish (not to be confused with the freshwater Cichlid, known as the Jewelfish) . When juvenile it has brilliant blue spots on a dark blue back ground. It is probably the most aggressive of all Damselfish, and should be kept with fish substantially larger and more robust than itself.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Jewel Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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      Neon Velvet Damselfish
Neoglyphidodon oxyodon

Description: The Neon Velvet Damselfish start out as attractive and hardy displays in the home aquarium, especially when in schools. However these cute little fish quickly grow to become terrors and will chase and harass fish many times their size. These fish make excellent companions for aggressive tankmates with other damselfish, dottybacks, angelfish and puffers. Provide plenty of hiding and swimming space for these fish. They are not recommended for reef aquariums where they will share space with peaceful reef inhabitants.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Neon Velvet Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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 Yellow Tail Damselfish
Chrysiptera taupou
 
Description: The Yellow Tail Damselfish is found in tropical parts of the Western Pacific, from the Coral Sea to the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa. The Fiji Devil lives in lagoons and offshore coral reefs.The Yellow Tail Damselfishis a hardy species that can be recommended to novice marine aquarists, but just like most other damsels it will become increasingly aggressive as it gets older.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Yellow Tail Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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  Domino Damselfish
Chrysyptera cyanea

Description: The Domino Damselfish is almost totally black with three white spots. One spot is on each side of its middle back and one on top just before the dorsal fin. Being that its coloration is very basic, it is quite a striking small fish.Domino damsels are omnivores and will eat a varied dietTemperament: The domino damselfish is not overly aggressive as a juvenile but as an adult can (and usually does) become aggressive not only with others of its kind but also with smaller and mild mannered fish. Do not put two domino damselfish in the same tank – they will probably fight. It would also be wise to introduce the domino damselfish as one of the last fish into the tank as they can become territorial.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Domino Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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 Golden Belly Damselfish
Pomacentril auriventra

Description: The Golden Belly Damselfish is found off the island of Bali on coral reefs and rubble flats, usually close to the bottom, as it feeds on zooplankton and other tastey morsals. It is most often observed in pairs or loose groups. With an iridescent metallic blue top half and the bottom half and the tail is bright yellow gold, usually forming a sharp L-shaped color change towards the rear of the fish.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Golden Belly Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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  3 Stripe Damselfish
Dascyllus aruanus

Description: The 3 Stripe Damselfishfish is somewhat aggressive, its home should be able to easily accommodate multiple specimens. It is a good fish for beginners, and makes an ideal companion fish for a saltwater tank of over 30 gallons, and a great companion for reefs and invertebrate tanks. Its hardiness and small size make it one of the most common fish used for cycling a saltwater tank.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The 3 Stripe Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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 Electric Blue Damselfish
Abudefdul cyaneus

Beautiful Electric Blue Color!!!
Description: These fish look incredible under actinic or moonlight lighting! A constant center of the tank swimmer, that does well in groups. One of the best selling marine fish in the United States, begining hobbyists love the Blue Damselfish because of its hardiness and small size, while advanced aquarists enjoy the activity and beautiful coloration brings to the aquarium.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Electric Blue Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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   Australian Tasmanian Devil Damselfish

Description: The Australian Tasmanian Devil Damselfishis a larger, nicer variant of Chrysiptera taupou. Australian specimens are well known for their 'extra nice' color, which is nicer than the photo shown, primarily because Australia collects big nice fish! Still, it's a small fish, around 1.5"-2". It is blue over much of its body, with a yellow tail and a yellow belly. Like most damsels, it is an aggressive little fish that is ideally suited to the aquarium. This Damselfishmay bother smaller, peaceful fish tankmates (especially in a smaller tank). Keep only one per tank and only with other bold species such as larger pseudochromis angelfish and triggerfish. Provide with plenty of hiding places.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Australian Tasmanian Devil Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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 Fiji Blue Devil Damselfish
Chrysiptera taupou
 
Description: The Fiji Devil is also called the Fiji Blue Devil. It is found in tropical parts of the Western Pacific, from the Coral Sea to the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa. The Fiji Devil lives in lagoons and offshore coral reefs.The Fiji Blue Devil is a hardy species that can be recommended to novice marine aquarists, but just like most other damsels it will become increasingly aggressive as it gets older.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar. If you wish to keep more than one Fiji Blue Devil in the aquarium, clever decoration becomes even more important.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Fiji Devil is believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.

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 Starcki Damselfish (Australia)
Chrysiptera starcki


Description:The Starck's Demoiselle or Starcki Damselfishis a beautiful fish. An excellent aquarium pet as it is easy to keep, hardy, and quite disease resistant. This species does not keep its brilliant blue in the aquarium all the time, sometimes it gets darker or deep blue, but the contrast between its two different colors is always quite attractive. As they mature many damselfish are noted for becoming rather aggressive and are best not kept with smaller or overly passive tank mates. This species is no exception, it is rather territorial and somewhat aggressive. More than two specimens of this species can not be kept safely together, for they may seriously fight causing severe damaged or death. Provide a rock/ coral decor that has many nooks and crannies for hiding and retreat as this will help avert aggression.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Starck's Damselfishis believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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 Bluefin Chromis
Neoglyphidodon melas
 
Description: The Bluefin Chromisis an excellent starter fish. Also called the Bowtie Chromis, or Bluefin Damselfish, the Bluefin Chromis is characterized by a white body and yellow top, with blue pectoral and anal fins. Found in the Indian & Pacific Oceans and Great Barrier reef the Bluefin Chromis is very hardy and reef safe. They will swim actively at all levels of the aquarium.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Bluefin Chromis is believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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Golden Yellow Chromis
Chromis agilis
 
Description: The Golden Yellow Chromis is an electrifying saltwater aquarium fish with its beautiful Golden body color, a flash of color every time it swims by. Like all Chromis, they have a great personality and are extremely easy to care for. Found singly or in small groups on rocky bottoms and steep outer reef slopes. They will swim actively at all levels of the aquarium.
Recommendations: The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots as well as open water for swimming. This is a very active species that will spend a lot of time rapidly dashing back and forth out in the open. Ideally use rocks and/or coral to create nooks, crannies and similar.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: The Golden Yellow Chromis is believed to feed chiefly on zooplankton and phytoplankton in the wild, but more research is needed to determine its exact diet. In the aquarium, it will readily accept a long row of food, including dry food. You can for instance use high-quality flakes as a base and supplement with meaty food and green food. It is important to keep the diet varied. Feed your fish several times throughout the day instead of just one or two big meals.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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 Blue Reef Chromis
Chromis cyaneus

Description: The Blue Reef Chromis is an attractive schooling species endemic to the Western Atlantic; it's possible to keep just a single specimen, but they really should be kept in groups. Because of their exceptional hardiness, Blue Reef Chromis make a great choice for beginners as well as the more advanced marine hobbyists. Blue Reef Chromis are an active and peaceful species that prefer the mid to top levels of the aquarium; with their constant motion as a school, they will surely add vibrant color and activity to any reef or FOWLR system.They are very peaceful with other fish species. They can be housed with a wide variety of tank mates as long as they are not highly aggressive or territorial species that will harass or prey on them.
Recommended tank: Blue Reef Chromis should be provided with a home of at least 30 gallons with a sand or crushed coral substrate in addition to plenty of open swimming space. Plenty of live rock is important for overall health of tank inhabitants and water quality, but the Blue Reef Chromis will spend most of their time interacting with each other while swimming around in the open as a group; they will utilize live rock for emergency shelter and during the night, but mainly rely on each other for security.
Food and diet: In the home aquarium, they are very easy to feed and will readily accept a wide variety of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and blood worms as well as other prepared meaty marine foods in addition to their natural craving for amphipods, copepods, and other planktonic treats. They will also accept carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore pellets and flake foods. Feed 1 to 2 times per day.
Reef Compatible: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 2-1/2"

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 Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis
Paraglyphidodon Nigroris

Description: The Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis is characterized by a dazzling banana yellow body with two horizontal black lines extending from the head of the fish to the tail. Like all Chromis, they have a great personality and are extremely easy to care for. They swim actively at all levels of the aquarium. A perfect beginner fish, a very hardy fish, it can handle the flucuations of beginner aquariums. Chromis and Damselfish are commonly among the first fish to be added to a home saltwater fish aquarium or reef aquarium because they have a relatively high tolerance for poor water quality which is to be expected for the first few months after a new saltwater fish aquarium has been set up. They also make a good choice for beginner aquarists because they are among the hardiest and most colorful of all saltwater fish in the aquarium hobby.

Chromis are related to damselfish and both enjoy being in a school of three or more, and make a spectacular display in large numbers. Also referred to as the Behn's Damselfish, Blackmouth Chromis, Blackmouth Damselfish, and Bicolor Blackmouth Chromis. An aquarist should choose carefully, though, because Chromis and Damselfish both commonly establish territory and can be aggressive toward later additions to the aquarium.

Tank Requirements:The Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis should be kept in 30 gallon or larger aquariums and may be kept in schools of three or more. The Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis can become aggressive toward other fish in the home saltwater aquarium as the Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis matures.
Diet: Diet should consist of a variety of meaty foods, frozen preparations, and some vegetable matter.
Reef Compatability: The Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis are ideal fish for the reef aquarium, since they will not bother invertebrates and corals.
Level of Care:
A good fish for beginners, easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" 

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  Blue Green Chromis
Chromis viridis

Description:Less Agressive than Damselfish, a great beginner fish, and a terrific fish to learn the hobby with, the Blue Green Reef Chromis is found in schools throughout the Indo-Pacific reefs and in the Red Sea. A peaceful fish, the Blue Green Reef Chromis is more mild mannered than DamselfishFish. A hardy fish, Blue Green Reef Chromis will live many years in an aquarium with good water quality. Commonly kept long term in home aquariums, in small or larger schools in show tanks. Chromis are related to damselfish but show alot less aggression as they grow, and both enjoy being in a schools of three or more, and make a spectacular display in large numbers.
Recommended tank: Blue Green Chromis should be provided with a home of at least 30 gallons with a sand or crushed coral substrate in addition to plenty of open swimming space. Plenty of live rock is important for overall health of tank inhabitants and water quality, but the Blue Green Chromis will spend most of their time interacting with each other while swimming around in the open as a group; they will utilize live rock for emergency shelter and during the night, but mainly rely on each other for security.
Food and diet: In the home aquarium, they are very easy to feed and will readily accept a wide variety of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and blood worms as well as other prepared meaty marine foods in addition to their natural craving for amphipods, copepods, and other planktonic treats. They will also accept carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore pellets and flake foods. Feed 1 to 2 times per day.
Reef Compatible: An excellent reef aquarium species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Aproximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"

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