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The average size of most Damselfish is two inches. They are often used to break in or cycle new aquariums. The majority of these fish are highly territorial, and may become aggressive toward other tankmates. They do well in groups of the same species.

Damselfish belong to the Pomacentridae family. Most available fish belong to one of the following genera: Abudefduf, Dascyllus, Chromis, Chrysiptera, Paraglyphidon, Pomacentrus, and Stegastes. Damselfish are closely related to Clownfish, which are also a member of the Pomacentridae family. Damselfish are found throughout the world, and are almost always associated with coral reefs. The average size of most Damsels in captivity is around two inches, but in the wild the largest member of this family reaches over 14 inches in length.

Damselfish are often used to break in or cycle a new aquarium. It is important to remember that even though these fish are hardy and can handle the adverse conditions of a new aquarium, they may become quite aggressive among themselves, and toward other tankmates. Most of these fish stay in small shoals in the wild when young, breaking away from the group as they grow, and eventually become solitary as adults. When dealing with several Damsels in one aquarium, plenty of rockwork and hiding places are necessary in order to keep quarrels to a minimum. The Chromis are a genus of Damsels that are schooling fish. They do well in captivity in groups of the same species.

No significant markings or distinguishing characteristics differentiate males from females. Damselfish can be successfully spawned in captivity. The male Damsel is usually responsible for the care and maintenance of the eggs after the fish have spawned.

  • Bicolor Chromis

    Chromis dimidiata

  • Black & Gold Chromis

    Neoglyphidodon nigroris

  • Blue Chromis; Caribbean

    Chromis cyaneus

  • Blue Devil; male, Orange tail

    Pomacentrus sp

  • Blue Damsel

    Pomacentrus coelestis

  • Bluefin Damsel

    Neoglyphidodon melas

  • Domino Damsel

    Dascyllus trimaculatus

  • Green Chromis; East Africa

    Chromis viridis (XXL)

  • Green Chromis; Indo

    Chromis viridis (M)

  • Azure Damsel

    Chrysiptera sp.

  • Allen’s Metallic Blue Damsel

  • Ternate Staghorn Damsel

    Amblyglyphidodon ternatensis

  • Orange Honey Damsel

    Chrysiptera sp.

  • Striped Damsel (Three)

    Dascyllus sp. (L)

  • Yellowtail Blue Damsel

    Chrysiptera sp. (M)

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Updated: July 16 2012


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