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Javanese Damsel
Neoglyphidodon oxydon
Javanese Damsel
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Size: 1-1.5 inch
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe:
Diet: Pellet, Brine, Flake
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
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The Javanese Damsel is popularly known as the Black Velvet Damsel or the Blue Velvet Damsel. It features striking coloration when young, and has flashy neon colored electric-blue horizontal stripes dashed across its face and upper body. However, as the Javanese Damsel grows, the stripes fade away and becomes grayish blue color overall. It is considered an easy fish for a beginner, and needs its own territory unless kept in a larger tank. The Javanese Damsel is an omnivore and can be fed on all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods and algae, and also is best to feed small amounts several times a day. As it grows, the Javanese Damsel becomes more aggressive and territorial which becomes little difficult to introduce new similar damselfishes. Although, there is no distinct feature between male and female, the Javanese Damsel has been bred in captivity, and should be kept in a tank not less than 15 gallon. It is hardy and can tolerate adverse water conditions in a new aquarium, which makes it a very good addition to any reef tank. In order to keep the Javanese Damsel at peace, it is necessary to provide them their own rock work and hiding places. Due to its size, it can become food for many fishes such as Eels, Groupers, Lionfish and Scorpionfish. Seahorses and Pipefish, Sharks and Rays, which should not be housed with the Javanese Damsel. It thrives well in 72-78 degree Fahrenheit and pH between 8.1-8.4, and is recommended for peaceful community aquariums. The Javanese Damsel is reef safe and doesn?t bother any corals present in the nano reef tank.
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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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