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Nithin k - 2020-10-04
will Domino Damselfish survive in freshwater

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Julia - 2010-06-28
I have had one for 2 years and it is being completely bullied my smaller tomato clown fish. It is scared to even leave the corners to come out to eat during feeding time. He is always on guard, and watches for what the clownfish will let him get by with. He interacts with me a lot. I have certain things I say that he recognizes and he immediately if the clown fish is out of site comes toward the glass from wherever he was hiding and starts swimming happily back and forth. Even if their feeding when he is completely full and isn't motivated by the prospect of being fed. For a couple of months I housed a Blue Tang along with the other two. All three were close to the same size. While he was with them, he would stop them from fighting by swimming in between the two. He was very buddy buddy with both the other fish. They never same away or became aggressive when he came near them. Him and the Damsel were particularly close. The were constantly swimming side by side and imitating one another. Their dorsel fins never raised while interacting. My damsel fish has never made the first move between an aggressive encounter between he and my Clown Fish. He always gets chased and swims with incredible speed and when cornered he barely even defends himself. He is unusually gentle.

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  • Fred Schuster - 2010-10-22
    I have kept a marine tank off and on for nearly 20 years now and this little fish (Dascyllus melanurus) the Striped Damsel has been one of the fish in every tank. While they are a bit on the aggressive side, the fish add life and character to the tank. Currently in my 180 gallon I have two and they keep there distance from the Clarki Clowns, Yellow Tangs and other fish. Personally I think they are a good addition to a tank, unless you have completely non-aggressive fish such as Cardinals, some Gogies, Comets and Anthias's. Most fish are midly aggressive after a few days in a tank and can hold their own aganist this little guy.

    Julia in her comments made some great observations, the fish isn't usually the one that makes the first move. However it will stand it's ground and will defend it's established territory.

    Fun to watch and brings life to the tank. I would say don't be afraid of this fish. Go out and buy one, it will bring some action and life to the dull routine of your tank.
  • Krystine McTavish - 2019-10-06
    I found Julia's observations very interesting. We had a similar relationship between a Lipstick Tang and a 12 year old 4 striped Damsel. They were constantly together in our 140 gallon aquarium. They appeared to be good buddies, no aggression at all. This was a reef tank with several species of fish and we were lucky to never have any issues. The only time our Damsel would become agitated was if we rearranged the tank. He would zigzag around, charge my hands and he would continue to swim in a jerky agitated manner for a good hour after we made unauthorized changes to his environment! The current 10 year old 4 stripe we have is unfortunately more aggressive and solitary.
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Lisa - 2019-09-19
How do I add a picture so I can find out if my fish is Rolland’s

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Richard Cartier - 2019-07-29
After a ton of research, I came to the conclusion that I could add some damsels but should do it as one of the last additions. The concerns some expressed were that they could tend to be territorial. So I added three yellow tails and at first they all seemed to get along well with my Chromis, Clownfish, Blenny, Goby and PJ Cardinals. After a not-too-long time, however, the two larger ones became VERY territorial and were constantly harassing most of the other fish..even the smallest Damsel. Over time, it became apparent that the community was suffering because of them so I decided they had to go. After several weeks of trying and failing to capture them, I finally resorted to removing all the rock and about half the water in order to be able to corner them. I only caught two (somehow the smallest managed to hide somewhere!) and I 'put them to sleep' using the Clove Oil treatment (the most humane way to euthanize fish) and as soon as all was put back together the rest of the community came to life. They are now happily exploring ALL areas of the tank and seem to be happier already. The smallest yellow-tail came out of wherever he was hiding and for now is mingling peacefully. But at the first sign of him turning unruly, out he goes. Despite their beauty, I completely regret having added them in the first place, andI will never add another.

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Jeff - 2018-02-08
Just wanted to pass on some information about the lifespan of the Velvet Blue Damsel. This description said their life span in the wild is likely about 6 years and typically 15 years in captivity. Just wanted to pass on that mine is 20 years old and close to turning 21. I put him in my reef tank 20 years ago to cycle it and he is still alive and well...he is very aggressive and belligerent as you indicated in the description.

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Andrew - 2018-01-01
Last month I lurched 3 to cycle my tank. They lived peacefully for around 4 days then the smallest and another one pecked a hole in the biggest one. Then once he was dead the smallest started going after the other one. So I gave it to my uncle and now am left with the mean killer one.

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joshua - 2003-09-10
I noticed something very weird aout my blue damsels. They change colors at will, normally from a purplish black back to their normal blue.

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  • sophia - 2017-01-23
    Damsels have chromatophores, they're cells that can control pigmentation. When damsels are stressed they turn darker to conserve energy
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Timothy Sherlock - 2016-05-09
Not a fish I would recommend, particularly for beginners for one major reason... they terrorize the aquarium. Many new to the hobby would be put off due to it's agressive nature towards other fish. They can go so far as taking chunks out of other fish that are introduced after it.

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Susan - 2004-07-08
in the course of 2 weeks, the sergeant major has devoured 8 super crocea clams and stressed out 4 more. this species is hard to catch and loves to dine on unsuspecting anemones, snails, clams, and small fish. i was sold this fish by mistake.

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Jim - 2016-01-26
I am soon to be hunting 3 and four stripe damsels to rid my tank of them. They just ate the tail and fins subsequently killing a new maroon clown within two days of introducing the clown to the 115 gal tank. I read up on them and they are reasonably pleasant when young but when they get older they can be terribly aggressive. I will never allow one in my tank again.

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