Starck’s Demoiselle

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Chrysiptera starcki - (Allen, 1973)
Starck’s Demoiselle

An ideal damselfish; attractive and a good reef aquarium fish. Scott W. Michael


This is highly desirable aquarium fish. It is an excellent choice for the reef aquarium and will maintain its amazing colors if fed a nutritious diet. This species may appear somewhat pale in shallow-water reef tanks with intense lighting.

Family: Pomacentridae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Inhabits rocky outcrops and crevices that are frequently situated in sand channels on outer reef slopes. Common in deeper sections of the outer reef about 20 to 60 m in depth.

Maximum length: 10 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)


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

Aquarium Compatibility

It tends to be quite peaceable for a damselfish, with young and adolescent individuals rarely causing problems in captivity. However, as it grows larger, it may become more pugnacious, especially toward small, more passive tankmates. Chrysiptera starcki is likely to chastise some of its less aggressive congeners.


It was once rarely available and thus very expensive, but with more collecting efforts in the Coral Sea, the price has come down.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM