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Allen’s Damselfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Allen's Damselfish
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The Allen's Damselfish is also known as Allen's Pomacentrus and the Neon Damselfish. It was named after Dr. Gerald Allen, the icthyologist who is recognized as the world's authority on damselfishes. This slender fish is neon blue with a blending of yellow near the bottom of the body down into the anal fin. Pomacentrus coelestis, which is similar in appearance, may also be called the Neon Damselfsih.

It is a semi-aggressive fish that requires hiding places in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium.

The Allen's Damselfish diet should include a variety of meaty foods, herbivore preparations, and flaked foods.

Like other damselfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Basslets, Blennies, Boxfish, Clownfish, Goatfish, Gobies, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Tangs & Surgeons and Wrasse.

Fish Facts

Name: Allen's Damselfish (Pomacentrus alleni)

Family: Pomacentridae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 2.5 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Care Level: Egg Depositor

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