The Half Blue Damsel is a popular fish and often used as the first fish to be introduced into a tank. It is mainly an omnivore, and eats vegetable matter as well as meaty foods such as spirulina and Mysis shrimp respectively. The Half Blue Damsel is a completely reef safe fish which feeds on zooplankton and algae while ignoring small invertebrates. The feeding should be made in small portions several times per day. The Half Blue Damsel requires moderate level of care and thus, making it a very good choice for a beginner aquarists. It is hardy in nature and mostly resistant to diseases. Also, many hobbyists use it to cycle a new tank. The Half Blue Damsel should never be kept with large fish who can view it as snack and might ingest it. The Half Blue Damsel is named aptly due to presence of half blue and half yellow on its body, and it also gives a splash of beautiful colors in the tank. It should not be kept in a tank less than 10 gallon, and is suitable for smaller group. The Half Blue Damsel should be fed with vitamin enriched shrimp to maintain its vibrant color through out its stay in the tank. Your tank must have lots of rock work, coral, or plants to give a realistic feel to the Half Blue Damsel. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, pH of 8.1-8.4 and brightly lit aquarium. The Half Blue Damsel is also popularly known as Azure Damselfish, and looks awesome under actinic lighting. It is advisable not to keep the Half Blue Damsel with predatory fishes, and is compatible with reef and do not tend to harm or eat corals.
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.