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Lemon Damsel
Pomacentrus moluccensis
Lemon Damsel
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Size: 1-2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Pellet, flake, brine, algae, zooplankton
Origin: Western Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallon
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The Lemon Damsel is a small, bright yellow damsel with blue lines on the head and fins. Its appearance might get confused with the P.amboinensis, who has less bright color with a larger spot at the pectoral fin unlike the Lemon Damsel. It inhabits branching corals, and hides over the branches when frightened. With its stunning yellow color, the Lemon Damsel is also known as golden damselfish that adds a splash of yellow color into the aquarium. As it grows, its color fades away and become more aggressive. Generally, the Lemon Damsel prefers to be solitary and mostly found feeding on the zooplanktons present in the tank. It is compatible with Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Basslets, Blennies, Boxfish, Clownfish, Goatfish, Gobies, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Tangs & Surgeons and Wrasse. The Lemon Damsel thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, with pH of 8.4 and high quality water. It should be kept in a tank with not less that 10 gallon and does well with hiding places, therefore lots of live rocks should be added in the tank. The Lemon Damsel is a hardy fish, which can tolerate a wide range of water conditions and that makes it a very good choice for a beginner aquarist. The Lemon Damsel mainly feeds on a variety of meaty foods that includes brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp and frozen herbivore preparation and flakes. It should include vitamin enriched food, which helps in maintaining the color of this beautiful damsel. The Lemon Damsel is a bit territorial, and should be added last to the community tank, so that it gets along well with other tank inhabitants. If the Lemon Damsel is introduced first, it might become territorial
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This pretty damsel will grow up to 3 inches in size at maturity.This damsel is very territorial and should be added last to the community aquarium.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.Their natural habitat is to inhabit corals in lagoon and outer reef areas between depths of 3 - 30 feet.
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