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Caribbean Jewel Damsel - Microspathodon chrysurus - Medium/Large Juvenile

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The Caribbean Jewel Damsel (Microspathodon chrysurus) has a black or dark grey body with electric blue dots that become smaller as the fish grows. The tail is translucent, becoming yellow as the fish ages. These damsels are particularly territorial and only one should be kept per tank. A similar species, Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus, is found in the Indo-west Pacific and is referred to as the Pacific Jewel Damsel.

Damsels and chromis both come from the Pomacentridae family, which they share with Clownfish, a close relative and another very popular group of aquarium fish. Their temperament can range from very peaceful to quite aggressive and territorial. Chromis (fish from the genus Chromis) tend to be more peaceful than the rest but can also be more delicate. Other common genuses of damsels include Amblyglyphidodon, Chrysiptera, Dascyllus, Neoglyphidodon, Pomacentrus, Stegastes and others.

These fish are generally not picky eaters. In the aquarium, they will usually feed on flakes and pellets but should also be given fresh or frozen algae and meaty foods like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, planktons, krill, shrimp, scallop and similar items.

Damsels can become very territorial as they become established in the aquarium. Some species will defend their territory especially aggressively; use caution when stocking the aquarium since their small sizes can be deceiving; mature or established damsels may pick on smaller or weaker fish or on new arrivals. Some damsels retain the same appearance throughout their entire lives while others undergo a radical color change as they mature from juveniles to adults. A few may get more colorful as adults but most change from very colorful juveniles to bland, more subdued adults.

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Common NameCaribbean Jewel Damsel - Med/Lg Juv.
Scientific NameMicrospathodon chrysurus
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes, with caution
Max Size (in inches)6
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
Originwestern Atlantic
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
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State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico

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