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to the family Pomacentridae.
This family is comprised of 28 genera and 360 species. It
includes all damselfish and clownfishes. Established populations of
damsels extend from the western Pacific to the Eastern Indian Oceans
to the Great Barrier
is a coral reef inhabitant occupying
depths from 30 to 150 feet.
damsels have a rounded body, spiked dorsal fin and the forked tail
characteristic of its grouping. Its bright yellow color palette is
with electric blue vertical pin striping on its upper and lower body
Coloration has a tendency to fade as the fish matures. The golden
marketed under various aliases including yellow damselfish, lemon
lemonpeel damsel and golden damsel.
is a hardy and somewhat aggressive species. Its ability to contend with
multitude of environmental parameters makes it an excellent choice for
inexperienced aquarist. The
fish’s stamina and
its low price tag often lead to it being used as a biological
stabilizer in the
cycling of new aquariums. If
flourishes in the newly established aquatic environment, then it is
risk of adding more expensive species of lesser constitution to the
In a marine reef it will not disrupt the anchored inhabitants or devour
ornamental crustaceans. In nature it makes its home amid gorgonian fans
black coral trees. These would make the perfect surroundings for a
fish in a reef tank. This species reaches up to 5 inches in length as
Take its temperament into account when choosing its tank mates.
Although it is very
even tempered compared to many damselfish species, it should not be
smaller more timid species. Introducing this fish to a pre-established
population or in unison with the other species you wish to keep in your
aquarium will reduce aggressive behavior. A minimum tank size of 30
golden damsel is an omnivore. In their natural habitat their diet
primarily of zooplankton. These fish take readily to aquarium life.
not picky eaters and instances of problems getting them to start
their new surroundings are rare. They will eat common flake food
marine omnivores. But as with any marine species, a varied diet will
insure general health and maintain coloring. Vitamin enriched brine
shrimp is a
good supplement. They should also be provided with an abundance of
to graze on.
are sequential hermaphrodites. They are all born as males. If a group
are introduced to an aquarium together the largest most dominant of the
will experience a morphological hormonal surge until it gender
that of a female. This is a trait common to all hermaphroditic marine
Nature will always insure that both genders are present in a
insure the prorogation of the species. These damsels are known to breed
captivity. The male damsel will instinctively guard freshly fertilized
until they hatch.
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