Green Chromis Damselfish (Chromis viridis)
belong to the
family Pomacentridae. This family is comprised of approximately 360
species in 28 genera. It includes all clownfish and damselfish. Chromis
a single genus within this family. The collective name damselfish
group of fish that spans more than one genus. However, most damselfish
within the genus chromis.
chromis are indigenous to the coral reef systems of
the Indo-Pacific. Although they are a marine species, they often
brackish water from lagoons and inshore reefs. Several closely
and remarkably similar looking species can be found in the Caribbean
among the Florida Keys.
species has slender elongated, oval bodies with an
iridescent sheen. Not all green chromis are actually green. There are
color variations; pale green, apple green, and pale blue. Regardless of
they all have a mesmerizing shimmer to them as they swim about under
lighting. This fish is commonly sold by the aquarium industry under the
blue green chromis, green apple chromis and green chromis damselfish.
grow to a maximum length of 4.5 inches. In an aquarium they rarely
damselfish species take territorialism to the extreme.
The green chromis is not among them. Neither does it become more
it matures. This is one of the mellowest, most peace loving fish of its
family. In the wild they live in schools amidst branchy stony corals
acropora coral at depths of no more than 12-15 feet. This innate
instinct remains intact in the confines of an aquarium. They do not
amongst themselves but rather feel more secure with like numbers in new
surroundings. They will not tend to be as shy or skittish if kept in
no less than three. And a school of them looks exquisite in a well lit
chromis make excellent additions to a community tank
provided their tank mates are of smaller varieties and equally docile.
very hardy and easy to maintain. Green chromis are excellent choices
amateur aquarists. This species works equally well in marine reef tanks
does in fish-only aquariums. A school of three or four can be kept in
as 10 gallons of water. Of course in a multi-species environment you
require a larger tank. In their natural environment they will retreat
the protection of the coral branches they inhabit at the first sign of
They sleep under the shelter of these branches at night. In an aquarium
will require plenty of hiding places. They are quite active swimmers
spend most of their time in the upper to mid-levels of an aquarium
fish are planktonic omnivores. They are not picky
eaters in captivity. You should not meet with any resistance getting
feed. A good assortment of live rock will make them feel right at home.
nature, they often maintain algae farms by ridding rock formations of
undesirable algae species. If they do not readily accept non-living
brine shrimp should entice them to begin eating. This can be mixed with
and larger proportions of flake or freeze dried food until they become
accustomed to aquarium fare. Their diet should contain protein, plant
matter. A good brand of fish food formulated for omnivores may very
well be all
that they need. Naturally, a supplement of dried algae sheets and fresh
sea food will help insure a well balanced diet. Under proper living
this species may live in excess of 15 years.