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Yellowbelly Damsel
Pomacentrus auriventris
Yellowbelly Damsel
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The Yellowbelly Damsel is considered a good starter fish, and adds splash of beautiful color into your aquarium. It acclimatizes fast to the tank and that makes it a very easygoing fish and a good choice for any beginner aquarist. But as it grows the aggression increases, causing problems with the selection of other species to be added to the aquarium, but if given individual crevices and hiding spots, the aggression decreases. Due to its golden color along its lower body, it is also named the golden belly damselfish. The Yellowbelly Damsel mainly feeds on flaked and frozen foods, and herbivore preparations. It is one of the best selling marine fish in the United States, and breeding is also possible in captivity. The Yellowbelly Damsel seems to be very resistant to most saltwater fish disease but you still need to take the proper precautions and use a quarantine tank before introducing it into your main tank. After it has been in quarantined and you notice no signs of illness you can acclimatize them into your display tank. It is best to keep the Yellow Belly Damsel either singly or in pairs to avoid aggression behavior in a peaceful community aquarium. The Blue Damsel thrives well in temperature range of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit, and pH value of 8.1 to 8.4. The Yellow Belly Damsel is completely reef safe and do not bothers any corals present in the tank. Since it may become territorial with the existing damselfish, it is best to keep that in small groups of three or four.
Yellowbelly Damsel
Very pretty. Not the bully my two regular blue damsels are.
Reviewed by:  Tammy Clouser from Melbourne, FL. on 9/10/2012
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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