Newly bought young damselfish is easy to keep and acclimatize to the new tank condition. Normally their survival rate is considered the highest compared among the other different groups of domesticated marine species. The fish to certain extent and depending on the types of damselfish, some will require for them to thrive in shoals meaning that an ideal number to live together is about 5 – 6. When getting a new pet for your home aquarium, make sure that all of them come together with about roughly the same size and the minimum tank capacity to house them should be at least 80 gallons and above to prevent the fish turning aggressive against each other due to space competition.
So far, there are quite a number of popular Damselfish species with the “Blue Devil”, “Green Chromis”, “Yellow-Tailed” among the favorites. Lately I’ve also seen some new varieties with metallic coloring making its way to the pet store but however, the exact name for the species hasn’t yet been investigated and find out. Although many claim that the fish can tolerate any kind of water parameters and conditions but as a general guide it is better to keep it within a certain ideal range. You can use the references provided in a table form below so that you know where you are and what is best for your aquarium damselfish.
|Parameters||Range to control|
|Salinity||1.022 to 1.025|
|Temperature||Depending on the species, tropical types require about 27 to 30 degree Celsius|
|pH||7.7 to 8.0|
Diet and Feeding
Your pet is not very particular about foods given to them. They will accept almost anything but fresh supply of natural plankton and phytoplankton that comes in liquid bottles should be provided from time to time. Apart from that if you can afford it, supplement of artemia is also encouraged.
Damselfish are susceptible to various parasitic and bacterial infections caused by poor water quality in the aquarium such as high nitrite and nitrate levels. Sometimes introduction of contaminated water coming from addition of new fish could also pose a major problem. Another possibility that could lead to them becoming sick is due to infection coming from open wounds occurred during fighting and accidental injury caused by sharp edges with some aquarium decorations.
Most community saltwater aquariums will have damselfish mix with either triggerfish, tang, jawfish or angelfish species. Normally your damselfish will be added first before introducing the others. Close observations and quick interventions are the keys to successful and thriving population of marine fishes. Another possible tank mate is the royal gramma.