These are Saltwater.
Damselfish are beautiful marine aquarium fish that are not difficult to keep in aquaria and are extremely popular. They are usually brightly colored, brilliantly hued in blues, greens, violets, reds and browns. They are always active, are great feeders and their hardy nature makes them an excellent fish to keep in captivity.
Some damselfish are known to have been kept in captivity for more than ten years
- pH 8.0 –8.4
- Specific gravity - 1.020 –1.025
- Temperature 24-26ºC
Will eat most aquarium fish foods and they will thrive on a greatly varied diet including some live, frozen or fresh food
occasionally, along with a dried food.
Frequent small feeds 2-3 times a day of a variety of food will sustain them well.
They should not be overfed, even though they are greedy feeders.
Damselfish loosely congregate together and get more aggressive as they mature. They are quite territorial and need
plenty of hiding places. They are best suited with semi aggressive fish that feed well as damselfish are competitive
Do not keep them with shy fish.
Suitable tank mates include Angelfish, Triggerfish, Hawkfish and Tangs.
It is best to observe your fish behavior on a daily basis to look out for aggressive display among fishes.
Territoriality may be alleviated by under-crowding and re-arranging aquarium decor.
Damselfish are hardy, bold, long lived, extremely disease resistant, greedy feeders that require hiding places that
they will call their territory in which they will defend vigorously.
Generally the blue varieties are more peaceful than other colour variants. They are commonly added as the first fish in the tank because they are hardy enough to endure the tank cycling process.
This can be problematic when adding other fish into the tank as the damselfish may have claimed the whole tank as their territory and behave aggressively to any newcomers.
The most aggressive fish should be the last fish added into the tank