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Old 04-16-2014, 04:48 PM   #21
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I had a large tank with all Damsels and Chromis-my only problem ever was the yellow tails. It was a nice active tank.
what problems did you have?
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I guess you could call my tank a damsel only I got 2 occ clowns azure damsel and 3 blue green chromis haha
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Mixed Damsel Reef.. Opinions..!

I'm into it. I love damsels, on the wild reef they are certainly a dominate species. I always have several yellow tails in my reef. They are sweetie pies compared to the 12" long engineer goby and the other fish I have. I believe the key will be lots of escape holes and lots of damsels.

I even have a purple Dottyback that asks permission to cruise the front part of the reef. The "little" fish get no respect. The trigger laughs at them, so do the big tangs and the maroon clowns make it plain that they take nonsense from nobody.
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I'm into it. I love damsels, on the wild reef they are certainly a dominate species. I always have several yellow tails in my reef. They are sweetie pies compared to the 12" long engineer goby and the other fish I have. I believe the key will be lots of escape holes and lots of damsels.

I even have a purple Dottyback that asks permission to cruise the front part of the reef. The "little" fish get no respect. The trigger laughs at them, so do the big tangs and the maroon clowns make it plain that they take nonsense from nobody.
Awesome.. thats good to hear greg, I was thinking of getting a mated pair of maroons off a buddy of mine. Any other d amsels in there? Or all yellow tails?
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Not at this time. There are 5 yellow tails and the clowns which are all damsels. The clowns can be among the meanest of them.
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Not at this time. There are 5 yellow tails and the clowns which are all damsels. The clowns can be among the meanest of them.
i think i would have to have maroons if i got mixed damsels in the tank though, that way they wouldnt get picked on. i think im gonna get a small pack of 5 or 7 yellow tails and just yellow tails, i would love some 3 strip damsels but i think it would offset the dynamic of the yellow tails keeping order amongst eachother
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I have observed that clowns only do a hit and run and If they are only hosting to protect them. They don't chase one like the angels do. I think you will be missing something without the 3 stripes. Their color contrast are more pleasing to your tank.
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I have observed that clowns only do a hit and run and If they are only hosting to protect them. They don't chase one like the angels do. I think you will be missing something without the 3 stripes. Their color contrast are more pleasing to your tank.
true, but will 7 yellow tails and 3 3-stripe damsels be a problem because that makes 10 and i thought the guidline was to keep an odd number?
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Once you get beyond 3-5 it doesn't matter. The idea is to spread the abuse out over multiple fish.
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Once you get beyond 3-5 it doesn't matter. The idea is to spread the abuse out over multiple fish.
true, very true.. i guess i was caught up in the od number thing, i originally wanted 10 and 5 but thought 9 and 3 would be better
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