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3 Stripe Damsel
Dascyllus aruanus
3 Stripe Damsel
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Size: 1-2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
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Diet: Flake, Pellet
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
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The 3 Stripe Damsel is indigenous to Indo-West Pacific and its geographical range stretches from East African and the Red Sea to the line. They are known to occur over staghorn Acropora thickets in large groups as well as in smaller groups over individual coral heads. During its juvenile stage, the 3 Stripe Damsel lives together with sea anemones but they lose this feature as they grow up into mature adult fish. The 3 Stripe Damsel is white in color which is adorned with three black bars. Not only this, the 3 Stripe Damsel also features a large brown spot which is located on the dorsal part of the snout. Its pelvic fins are black and caudal fin is pale, and the pectoral fins are translucent. Due to its ease of care, the 3 Stripe Damsel is a great choice for novice aquarists. As it matures, it might turn territorial. You can prevent this to happen by introducing this fish as the last fish, so that it can be acclimated to the environment and do not harm others. Nevertheless, if they are introduced first they might not allow any other inhabitants to stay longer in the tank. It is recommended to provide your tank with live rocks. These rocks are meant to be used as hiding places for not only the damsels but also for other inhabitants. The young 3 Stripe Damsel will basically live around the live rocks as a good hiding spot. The 3 Stripe Damsel can survive in the water temperature range from 70 -80 degrees, and with a pH value within 8.1 to 8.4. The 3 Stripe Damsel is mainly omnivore in nature and mainly feeds on algae, benthic invertebrates and zooplankton. The male 3 Stripe Damsel is bigger than the females. During breeding males will entice females to lay eggs in their nests, and they will protect those eggs.
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These fella's are very cute when small but as they grow up they ARE bully's so if you have anything that is shy or smaller, you might want to think about it first. I have a blast with mine because he loves to torture me, he watches every move I make and does a "dipping dance" when he gets bored to entice me to "play" with him. I place my hand in the tank and he circles it and bumps me with his tail. They are very entertaining but not nice to smaller fish.
Reviewed by:  joye cantrell from Tupelo Ms. on 5/16/2012
These Damsels can be kept in groups and are white in color with three vertical black stripes.Damselfishes provide an important link both as reef forage fishes and aldo excellent beginner marine aquarium specimens. Their extensive use is well-warranted considering their diversity, beauty and tolerance of chemical and physical conditions, gregariousness when crowded and general compatibility with fishes and invertebrates. Most damselfish species accept all types of food eagerly and are very disease resistant.Damselfish are often used to break in or cycle a new aquarium. It is important to remember that even though these fish are hardy and can handle the adverse conditions of a new aquarium, they may become quite aggressive among themselves, and toward other tankmates. Most of these fish stay in small shoals in the wild when young, breaking away from the group as they grow, and eventually become solitary as adults. When dealing with several Damsels in one aquarium, plenty of rockwork and hiding places are necessary in order to keep quarrels to a minimum. The Chromis are a genus of Damsels that are schooling fish. They do well in an aquarium in groups of the same species.No significant markings or distinguishing characteristics differentiate males from females. Damselfish can be successfully spawned in an aquarium. The male Damsel is usually responsible for the care and maintenance of the eggs after the fish have spawned.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.Caution is required with: Anglers & Frogfish, Batfish, Butterflyfish, Cardinalfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Grunts & Sweetlips, Squirrelfish and Triggerfish.They are not compatible with: Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.
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