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Snowball Damsel - Dascyllus albisella - Large

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The Snowball Damsel (Dascyllus albisella) is only found around the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Island and is sometimes called the "Hawaiian Dascyllus". It is black with one large white spot near the dorsal fin. This spot starts small on younger fish but gradually spreads as the fish matures and may cover most of the adult fish in dark-edged white scales. They resemble and are closely related to the popular Domino Damsels (D. trimaculatus).

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
0618-damsel
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameSnowball Damsel - Large
Scientific NameDascyllus albisella
DifficultyEasy
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
OriginHawaiian Islands, Johnston Island
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietOmnivore
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id
42662

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

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