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Thread: Favorite Damselfish?
12-29-2012, 05:48 AM #1
When I first got into Marine fish and nobody was using a fishless cycle, we all used damselfish to "seed" our tanks because of their toughness and hardiness.
My first seeders were yellow tailed damselfish. After awhile and many expensive books I discovered that there were many beautiful damselfish avaiable besides the ones kept at the LFS. However most of us were so into keeping the more sensative spieces and overlooked them.
I finally found these; Beau Gregory (Eupomacentrus leucostictus) and they became my favorite damselfish but I was never able to find them again and I eventually returned to freshwater tanks.
Anyway what is your favorite Damselfish?
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12-30-2012, 05:43 PM #2
I don't keep them, but just based on looks I think it is hard to beat the humble little Blue Green Chromis.
I love Domino Damsels, too. Both as sharply colored little babies, and as duller adults with edged scales.
12-30-2012, 06:37 PM #3
I`ve aways thought the yellow tail damsels and the blue damsels are very nice looking fish
I would not mind a aggrressive FOWLR set-up one day with a larger school of them.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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12-30-2012, 08:12 PM #4
I've seen Garibaldis at my local science center aquarium and they are something to behold!
12-30-2012, 09:46 PM #5
Garibaldi damselfish are among the best one's that I've seen (though I've never owned one); they get fairly large, the one I saw was nearly a foot long.
Appearance-wise I also like the juvenile neon velvet damsels. Here's a picture of the one I had when it was young:
Unfortunately as they mature neon velvets lose all the blue colors and nearly all the white, becoming primarily solid dull black/brown fish with faint ash markings (kind of a reverse-ugly duckling affect).
Azure damsels are probably my next favorite, they can be a pain though because they tend to bite my hand and love to dislodge new coral frags that I place in my tank:
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12-31-2012, 12:03 AM #6
The Garibaldi is very cool. For a while it was on the list of fish that were protected from collection.
12-31-2012, 02:51 AM #7
kaybee, your damsels look great and those pictures are awesome! Keep up the good work!
12-31-2012, 04:16 AM #8
I've always liked the blue ones with the yellow tails, and also the all-blue ones. The black-and-white striped damsels are cool, too.
Garibaldis -- in the shallow waters off of the Pacific coast there are bright orange Garibaldis, quite common, really. The locals refer to them as "saltwater goldfish". I saw a lot of those when I lived in southern California. Not sure if the bright orange variety is also a species of damselfish, but it could get quite large and was really vibrant.
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