Aquarium Fish

Jewel Damselfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Jewel Damselfish
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As a juvenile, the Jewel Damselfish, also known as Jewelfish, is black with sparkling blue dots. As the fish matures, it may turn brown to yellow and have smaller, indistinct spots.

It is overly aggressive, and therefore, only one should be kept per tank. An aquarium of 50 gallons or larger provides suitable housing.

The Jewel Damselfish feeds on a variety of meaty items, 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.

They are not compatible with: Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.

Fish Facts

Name: Jewel Damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus)

Family: Pomacentridae

Range: West Atlantic

Size: Up to 8 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: 50 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Care Level: Egg Depositor

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