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Old 09-19-2006, 04:33 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by fishrfreinds

That sounds like me after my damsels killed my six-line wrasse... after they killed both lawnmower blennies.

I bought an established 125gal reef tank and 2 blue damsels and 1 yellow tail damsel came as part of the inhabitants.
They didn't seem to bother their current tankmates too much so I left them alone.
But whenever I added any new fish they harrassed them mercilessly.
They killed the fish I mentioned above and gave my Royal Gramma a nervous breakdown... she ended up jamming herself behind a powerhead, scared to bits to come out to feed until I trapped the damsels and moved them to a 10gal QT.

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If one does want to keep a damsel the key is to make them one of if not the last fish you add to the system. The problem is they are so cheap and too many new SW aquarist use them to cycle the tank due to the bad LFS recomendation.

It is their nature to be fiercly territorial and thus get a bad rap because so many use them as starter fish or put them in tanks that are to small. Ideally they require at least a 30g tank or larger and that is if doing a species tank. Cannot tell you how many 10-20g tanks I have seen with damsels and then people wonder why they beat up other fish.

My experience is they can be kept in a community/reef tank if given enough room and added at the proper time.


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