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Vanderbilt Chromis - Chromis vanderbilti

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The Vanderbilt Chromis (Chromis vanderbilti) is one of the most underrated fish on the saltwater aquarium market. These chromis have a silver base color with yellow-orange in their fins and around their head. They will also develop blue spots that form horizontal stripes across their body and black trim on their tail.

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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Specifications
MPN
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameVanderbilt Chromis
Scientific NameChromis vanderbilti
OriginPacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)2
Community SafeYes
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietOmnivore
Min Tank Size (in gallons)20
Temperature Range75-82
DifficultyModerate
Internal Id
61004

State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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