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Black Damselfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Black Damselfish
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The Black Damselfish is also known as the Bluefin Damselfish, Bowtie Damselfish, Yellow-back Damsel, and Royal Damsel. As a juvenile, it is very attractive, with a gray body highlighted by bright yellow dorsally and blue pectoral fins. As the fish matures, it becomes uniformly black.

In the wild, the Black Damselfish is usually solitary and often associated with soft corals on which it feeds. In the aquarium, the juvenile is generally peaceful but becomes quite aggressive as it matures. It should only be kept with other large aggressive species. Only one Black Damselfish should be kept per tank. The Black Damselfish is very hardy and an excellent choice for "cycling" a tank. It may be a threat to shrimp, and nip at soft corals.

The Black Damselfish accepts most food including flaked and frozen preparations.

Fish Facts

Name: Black Damselfish (Paraglyphidodon melas)

Familay: Pomacentridae

Range: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, The Great Barrier Reef

Size: Up to 5 inches

Diet: Omnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Care Level: Egg Depositor

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