Goldtail Demoiselle

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Chrysiptera parasema - (Fowler, 1918)
Goldtail Demoiselle

This beautiful damselfish is ideal for the reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Its electric coloration, ready availability and price make this damselfish a staple in the marine aquarium world. It combines beauty and good personality, being one of the less aggressive members of this genus.

Family: Pomacentridae

Other common name(s):

  • Yellowtail Blue Damsel
  • Goldtail Demoiselle

Native range:

Habitat: Inhabits coral-rich areas of sheltered lagoon and inshore coral reefs. Occurs in small groups on Acropora patches.

Maximum length: 7 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food, and Cyclop-eeze. Feed twice a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It can be kept in small groups in a medium-sized tank with plenty of hiding places. A male-female pair can be kept in a smaller tank and will often spawn.

The Goldtail Demoiselle should not be kept with highly aggressive species, including more pugnacious damselfishes. This species is ideal for the reef aquarium, never harming desirable invertebrate tankmates and providing some algae-grazing services.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Goldtail DemoiselleRDF feed
Common name Goldtail Demoiselle  +, and Yellowtail Blue Damsel  +
Family Pomacentridae  +
Genus Chrysiptera  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Solomon Islands  +, Northern Papua New Guinea  +, Philippines  +, and Ryukyu Islands  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name parasema  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +