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Old 01-30-2005, 04:47 AM   #1
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Odd Behavior?

I have a Blue Damsel that keeps digging a hole under one of the plastic decorations in my tank and today i wanted to smooth the sand back out from him digging his hole. I tried to remove this object and the little guy keeps nipping my hand if I go near it. Is this usual that they protect there home to this extent? Also is there a way to keep him from digging or do I just have to deal with it?
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These guys are among the most aggressive og the damsels ( esp. the blue devils). They are very territorial . Do you have any other fish yet and are you planning on adding anybody else?

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Yes, these are VERY territorial little fish...tiny but mighty. You will want to consider this when you add more fish.
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I've read where damsels will attack divers who go near there territory. I had a damsel who would dig under one of the decors in the tank. So it's normal.
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Sounds normal for them to me. When I set up my 1st tank some years back I was told to purchase 6 damsels to cycle my 55g (eeek) and 3 lived... 2 green chromis, 1 blue ... this fish was as bold as they come. I often thought he had gone mental from the cycle because he was so aggressive he would attack the glass when I walked by and I knew he would nip me each time I reached in to clean the tank with out fail until my arm was out of the tank. S/he claimed the entire 2/3 left side of the tank and there was no bending on that. S/he dug as you mentioned as well.

I hated to part with anything I had so I tried adding my fish, a kole tang, a royal gramma and a clown and he was not very nice to the new additions so I trapped him and took him to the LFS. Be very careful before adding any new fish.

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I have 2 clowns, 1 long tentical anemone, 1 stripped damsel, 1 yellow tail damsel, 1 yellow damsel, and a fire fish and he seems mildly aggressive toward them but me touching his rock yesterday must have been a no no. At least all my friends thought it has funny last night. I buried this this really deep this time to try to stop him from digging but when I got up this morning he had a 2 inch deep trench dug the whole way around it. I am ordering 80 pounds of live rock this week so maybe that will give him more places to hide and he will leave my sand alone.
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