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joshua - 2003-09-10
I noticed something very weird aout my blue damsels. They change colors at will, normally from a purplish black back to their normal blue.

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wade burkman - 2013-04-02
Ihave one three stripe humbug damsel and one false perculla clown, and two neon yellow gobys, a starfish, hermit crab, and pensil urchin in a 15 gallon hex aquarium and my three stripe does not bother anyone in the tank he seems to like the clown fish and totally ignores thr neon gobys have had all 4 fish for about four years and love them all

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FaJaun Fairrow - 2012-11-06
I'd like to know what would be a good number of these Chromises to add in a 75 gallon tank ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-06
    How many inches of substrate do you have and how much in the way of decor?
  • David Brough - 2012-11-09
    They appreciate company so four to eight fish would work depending on how many other fish you have.
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Sherry Dryden - 2010-03-10
We just started our Saltwater aquarium about 2 months ago. Everything is great! We purchased a Talbot's Damsel. We have been watching him closely and he has been picking up shells and moving from behind a piece of Coral. Is this normal? Nesting? He is really a lot of fun to watch! Has any one else seen this activity.

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Andy - 2008-06-24
These fish are always active even at night. They school during the day and at night they separate into groups of two. I have 10 of these chromis and they get along with my clownfish, tangs, shrimps, and don't nip at my clams or corals. But they do like to play (chase) each other around my elephant ear coral, and they bring water movement to it. I highly recommend this fish to everybody, experienced and beginners.

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Maria - 2010-12-30
I bought several chromis when I started my tank and the lonely survivor beat the stuffing out of all others. (and out of any later ones I added - in groups) So this guy is now the only one. I'm not getting any more because that would just be a waste of perfectly happy little fish (and money).

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Diane - 2009-10-29
My husband and I are new at the saltwater. After we got our tank set and waited till all was right w/the salt and such, we bought two of these lovely fish. However, after we put them in, we can't seem to find them anymore, we are confused as there are no other fish in the tank. Hope to see them soon.

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  • carly - 2010-09-19
    Um the last time I had one of these fish it jumped right out of the tank and we found it dried out on the floor =( but they could just be hiding too.
  • Bill - 2012-07-24
    If they are small and you have an over flow on your thank they might have fallen into the overflow so you might have to fish them out if they are still alive. If the tank is new and rocks were not set up sturdy enough a rock might have fallen on one of them. Both of these have happened to me. My experience with damsels is that they usually don't hide. Especially if they are the only fish in the tank! Most of them are fearless. Every time I have ever gotten more than one damsel, they have killed their conspecifics until there was only one left. But those are the blue devil damsels. If one is chasing the other it would be possible that one just jumps out of the tank too, so I would look around the tank also
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-25
    May have jump, got sucked into filter, check sump.  Maybe try sifting the sand a bit.
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Ryan - 2009-06-29
Damsels are good fish for the cycle process and are cute while they are young or juvenile. When they age, like people, they lose their vibrance and become a little more cranky. I house 2 of them now, a yellowtail and a velvet in a 55 gallon reef tank. I was going to trade or sell the damsels after the cycle process was completed but I noticed them eating algae off the rocks in between the zoas and the paly's that the turbo snails can't get at so I am thinking now that I may keep them around. Typically they hate anything new in their space but mine seem oddly docile...they don't attack other fish, even new tank mates. They do go after the snails and my hermit crabs but I can't tell if it is an aggressive lunge or if they are eating off the shells. It appears as though they are just picking stuff off the shells.
Conserve the reefs..propagate your corals.

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Kate - 2009-02-18
I've had my yellow tail damsel for almost a year now, it was the first fish in my tank. I've had fish come and go in my tank due to various reasons, but my yellow tail has held on thick and thin and is by far the hardiest fish I've ever had. However, he is aggressive with new fish, though only shortly after he "tells them he's boss". My damsel is cautious and loves swimming in and out of my rock. He is getting "lighter" in color as he gets older. This is a great fish starting out and isn't that aggressive.

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glmory - 2008-11-27
I have kept several of these over the years, and am not sure I ever will again. They are fine with invertebrates or larger fish such as tangs that do not prey on damsels; however they will however make it almost impossible to add any more small fish to your aquarium. If you really are set on putting this fish with anything less than twice their size I would add the damsel last. This will make it more likely he will accept the other fish. Also seriously consider getting a yellowtail damsel instead, these are more peaceful fish.

Also, do not put them in aquariums with lionfish, or grouper. This is almost certain death for a damselfish. The real problem with damsels is not how mean they are, it is that they are too small to place in an aggressive tank, and too mean to put in a more calm tank.

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  • Bill Vasalofsky - 2012-07-24
    Generally you will be safe if you put fish of different shapes and colors. Blue devils might be curious and check a new fish out, but generally don't bother them if they are different shapes or colors. With that said I think a couple of blue devils killed a new French Angel that was alot bigger than they were. As far as aggressive, my Maroon Clown beats all of the other fish in my tank (Niger Trigger, Toby, File)
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