Whilst the majority of these Damselfish species are found in saltwater, certain species can survive in brackish waters. For this reason, in this guide to Damselfish, we will speak in generality of the species whilst giving specific examples for the most common species such as: the blue, yellowtail, domino and azure Damselfish. Damselfish belong to the Pomacentridae family and there are around species. The majority of these species are saltwater fish found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The majority of Damselfish grow to around 3 inches in length however large species, such as the Garibaldi , can grow up to 12 inches long. They are well known for their bright colors and aggressive, territorial nature.
Thank you for visiting! Aquarium Store Depot earns a commission if you make a purchase. Thanks in advance for your support! Damselfish get a really bad rap in the saltwater aquarium hobby. They are highly aggressive, bite your hand if you put it in the tank, have been known to harass timid tank mates to death, and are a pain to remove if you have to take one out of your tank. So why would anyway ever consider a damsel for their fish tank let alone a reef tank? Well they are several:.
Damselfish: Complete Care Guide for Blue, Yellow and More
Damselfish are some of the first fish beginner marine hobbyists keep. Hardy, brightly colored, and easy on the wallet, they are perfect for a first time setup. However they can be quite variable in terms of size and temperament. Some are small and peaceful while others are large and aggressive.
Damsels are hardy, lively, and colorful marine fish, but the territorial nature of many species belies their relatively small size. Most damselfishes are extremely hardy, colorful, lively, disease resistant, inexpensive, and will eat most typical aquarium foods. Those are their good points. These fishes belong in the order Perciformes and suborder Labroidei as members of the family Pomacentridae damselfishes consisting of four subfamilies, 28 genera, and species.