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Jewel Damsel - Indian Ocean
Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus
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Tank Stats
Size: .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

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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