Black Damsel

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Neoglyphidodon melas - (Cuvier, 1830)
Black Damsel

Perky and endearing as a juvenile, this fish becomes a large, drab bully as it matures. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Although a commonly seen fish in the aquarium trade, this is a purchase most hobbyists come to regret. While durable and beautiful when small, it grows large and belligerent enough to take over the entire tank.

It turns a drab brown, black, or blue-black, as it grows and will eat soft corals.

Family: Pomacentridae

Other common name(s):

  • Bowtie Damselfish

Native range:

Habitat: Reefs and lagoons, often near soft corals, which form an important part of its wild diet.

Maximum length: 18 cm (7 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 208 L (55 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.

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[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

A notorious bully that will unbalance most community aquariums.

[edit] Special Care

Do not buy this fish unless you have studied its growth profile, behaviors and habits.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Demersal spawners, making a nest on hard substrate.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Black DamselRDF feed
Common name Black Damsel  +, and Bowtie Damselfish  +
Family Pomacentridae  +
Genus Neoglyphidodon  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 7 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 55 gal  +
Native range Indo-West-Pacific  +, Red Sea  +, and Australia  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name melas  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +