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Sergeant Major Damselfish

 
Sergeant Majors have five vertical dark bars across their yellow/silvery bodies. They are schooling fish that do well in groups, if the tank is large enough. The adults can become very aggressive. Damsels are generally...


Scientific Name Abudefduf saxatilis


Common Names Sergeant Major Damselfish,Five finger Damselfish, and Pilotfish


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friendlier than most damsels, but still not a great choice

Comments This damsel is more friendly than most, but it's still not a great candidate for a peaceful community tank. These are found throughout the atlantic and caribbean, and I've even seen them captured in the gulf of mexico (particularly in galveston). They grow to about 6 inches in length, and they tend to lose their coloration as they mature.


Liked about it The sergeant major damselfish is pretty easy to keep in captivity, readily taking to prepared foods and thriving in the right conditions. These fish are cheap and easy to come across, so if you're looking for some simple fish for a simple tank these are a decent choice. They tolerate other damsels and clowns better than most in the family, but that's still no guarantee you'll have long term success, especially in smaller systems.


Didn't like A couple thoughts about this fish. First, it's simply not that attractive. They lose color as they mature, and even as juveniles I don't find them all that interesting. They are cheap, so you'll find them often, but that doesn't really matter to me. And second, they can get a bit large. Tipping 6 inches in length, you're going to want a larger aquarium to house these fish lest they get cramped, which will usually result in excessive aggression.


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By crvz
May 31, 2010
 
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The Sergeant Devil Fish!

Comments As with most all Damsel fish the Sergeant Major is just as aggressive. They are very easy to keep and extremely hardy. sadly for this reason and the fact that they are very inexpensive many people use them to live cycle their tanks. That is just cruel to the fish. Aside from the aggression these are great little fish perfect for any tank from a Nano to a very large system. Be warned that due to their aggressive nature many people decide they they want to get rid of them after a few months which is near impossible without removing all the live rock in the tank. They are small and prefer hiding in the rock work.


Liked about it Price, They are extremely cheap and affordable.
Care, they are easy to keep and nearly bullet proof.
Color, all of the damsel fish are extremely bright and colorful.


Didn't like Aggression, they fish are very aggressive and are always picking fights even with fish much bigger than them.
They are also near impossible to remove from your tank if you so choose.


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By ckusnierek
May 19, 2010
 
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Sergeant Major Damselfish Review

General Excellent fish...favorite next to a coral beauty angel...mine had alot of personality. Great fish hands down!


Liked about it Excellent pattern...upon waking the damsel either be a dark color as if having a dark tin of black or looking slight pale...upon aware of time to wake or being fed color explodes back into the fish. St. majors will eat anything you give them.


Didn't like no complaints... kept the fish alone w/ no corals


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By Dragonist
May 10, 2009
 
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