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Jewel Damsel - Indian Ocean
Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus
Jewel Damsel - Indian Ocean
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Size:U.75-1 inch
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Pellet, Flake, Brine
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
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The Jewel Damsel is commonly referred as a White Spotted Devil, Juweel-nooientjie in South Africa, Dhanbaa in the Maldives, or Ngomi hitam in Indonesia. Being a colorful fish, it makes a beautiful addition to any tank. The Jewel Damsel is quite easy to care for and hardy in nature and that makes it a very good choice for a beginner saltwater aquarist. It requires a tank with ample hiding places and live rocks. The Jewel Damsel has the interesting characteristic to turn dark blue and grey when frightened. As it grows, the Jewel Damsel becomes moderately aggressive and should be kept in a larger aquarium to accommodate its aggression. The Jewel Damsel should be kept in a tank not less than 25 gallon. Since it ignores invertebrates in the aquarium and feeds on zooplankton and algae, it is a reef compatible fish. In its juvenile stage, the Jewel Damsel is docile but as it grows it becomes an aggressive adult. Numerous juveniles can be kept in the tank, however as an adult only one or a mated pair is recommended to keep, just to avoid any territorial issues. There are no such distinguishable characteristics between males from females, however, the Jewel Damsel has been bred in captivity. The male Jewel Damsel is usually responsible for the care and maintenance of the eggs after the fish have spawned. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-80 degree Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Jewel Damsel mainly feeds on a variety of meaty items, herbivore preparations, and flaked foods. Since the Jewel Damsel becomes aggressive as it ages, we don?t recommend you to keep it along with other butterflyfish and clownfish as it is not suitable for a peaceful community tank.
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The Jewel Damsel is one of the most striking Damsels available. These fish are dark blue with bright blue spots covering their body. Only one should be kept per tank.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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