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Jewel Damsel Damselfish

 
As a juvenile, this damsel has a black or gray body with bright blue neon dots all over. The spots gradually fade as the fish matures. Jewel Damsels are not picky eaters and will enjoy a variety of frozen and flake foods...


Scientific Name Microspathodon chrysurus


Common Names Jewel Damselfish, Jewelfish, Bluespot Jewelfish


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Another case of good while young bad when old featured

Comments The juvenile Jewelfish or Jewel Damsel, is my favorite damsel. It's just beautiful to look at and is only slightly aggressive. As it ages, however, the entire fish changes.

What starts out as a dark fish with bright spots turns into a pale fish with small spots. If you are attracted to the colors of this fish, you will be disappointed once it is an adult.

The disposition of the fish also changes as it ages, going from a little aggressive to downright nasty at times. Most damsels have this trait, but it seems particularly bad in this case. I think perhaps that is because this is one of the larger damsels commonly available. At a max size of 6" (mine only got to 4") they have plenty of size to bully other fish with. As a fish gets bigger, the size of its territory also grows. At full size a 50 gallon tank IS this fish's territory.

This is a very hardy fish, and would be excellent as the only fish in a 50 gallon tank. They are reef safe, so this fish and some corals would make a nice display for a beginner. They eat algae flake mostly, but like a weekly meal of meaty foods for optimal health and color.

I don't know what their lifespan is, but it seems to be a good long time. I traded mine in to the local fish store after it got too aggressive. I can't see myself buying another one again.


Liked about it 1. Very attractive when young.
2. Very hardy.
3. East readily.


Didn't like 1. Changes to a less attractive color when older.
2. Gets mean when it matures due to size and territorial nature.


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By tcamos
Sep 28, 2010
 
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pretty when young, but a grumpy fish

Comments This is an aggressive and large damsel. While attractive, they are certainly not worth keeping in my experience. Even as small, they are territorial and won't tolerate other smaller fish in the tank. They are reef safe, and you may be able to keep a few of them in the same system (with risk), but I'd make certain you keep them in tanks over about 50 gallons.


Liked about it The best aspect of this fish is it's coloration. The spotted coloration is very dynamic as a juvenile, but this fades with maturation. To think of the price folks pay for a gem tang, I could see why someone may think this is an equally beautiful fish, but it's negatives far outweigh the neat colors of this fish.


Didn't like In a word, aggressive. As with all damsels, this guy will not tolerate other like fish (or most small fish) in the same tank. They are very territorial and will attack anything that comes near it. It may be well suited for a large tank with other aggressive fish, but if you're sticking it in a tank with peaceful fish you will be disappointed. Also, especially when small, this jeweled damsel will be a terrible challenge to catch in order to remove it should issues arise, so I wouldnt think about only keeping it for a small amount of time and then removing it later. This is also a large fish, reaching upwards of 8 inches as an adult.


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By crvz
May 30, 2010
 
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best exotic damsel

Comments I've had damels for a while now, and i can say that they are really hardt and also overly aggressive. they will eat almost anything you feed them, and can withstand most water conditions. when getting a damsel you'll have to watch your livestock since this fish will attack anything it sees. overall the jewel damsel has the best color mix, but it will still attack your other fish


Liked about it -color (really nice)
-size (perfect when small)
-attitude (this fish will look at you as if it owns the tank)


Didn't like -aggressive


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By gabranth17
Mar 08, 2010
 
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A Jewel Damsel is still a Damsel!

Comments Care: very easy will eat anything you feed it as well as some tank mates. Aggressive: Very much so. Growth rate about average. Co-existence: The one I had must have missed that day at fish school.


Liked about it Very pretty when young.


Didn't like Aggressive aggressive and aggressive also very hard to catch.


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By partobe
Aug 28, 2009
 
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