Bluegreen Chromis

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Chromis viridis - (Cuvier, 1830)
Bluegreen Chromis

A shoal of five or more of these active swimmers adds flash and movement to any marine aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

With luminescent, shimmering colors when well fed, and under good lighting, a shoal of these attractive, unaggressive fishes can add color and movement to the reef or fish-only tank.

Family: Pomacentridae

Other common name(s):

  • Bluegreen Damselfish

Native range:

Habitat: Shallow reef and lagoon areas above branching stony corals. Provide plenty of suitable hiding places.

Maximum length: 10 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

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

General swimming level: Mid-level to surface.

[edit] Feeding

Omnivore. Feed a variety of meaty and algae-based foods at least twice a day. Color-enhancing foods can help it maintain its bright colors.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This species will spend most of its time ­racing around in the upper areas of the aquarium. They provide the look of an authentic reef and can act as “dither fishes,” giving confidence to shy community members.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Demersal (on or near the bottom) spawners that tend and protect their broods.

[edit] Notes

Unlike many damselfishes, this species can—and should—be housed in groups. It is usually not a threat to unrelated tankmates, but group members will form a pecking order, with subordinates often receiving an unequal share of mistreatment from their kin. If the chromis group is large enough (six individuals or more), the aggression will be spread out so that no one subordinate gets too much abuse. It is not a threat to invertebrates and may help corals by swimming among their branches, encouraging circulation within the coral colony.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Bluegreen ChromisRDF feed
Common name Bluegreen Chromis  +, and Bluegreen Damselfish  +
Family Pomacentridae  +
Genus Chromis  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Red Sea  +, Marquesas Islands  +, Tuamotus Islands  +, Ryukyu Islands  +, and New Caledonia  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name viridis  +
Swimming level Mid-level to surface.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +