Description: The Blue Reef Chromis is an attractive schooling
species endemic to the Western Atlantic; it's possible to keep
just a single specimen, but they really should be kept in groups.
Because of their exceptional hardiness, Blue Reef Chromis make
a great choice for beginners as well as the more advanced marine
hobbyists. Blue Reef Chromis are an active and peaceful species
that prefer the mid to top levels of the aquarium; with their
constant motion as a school, they will surely add vibrant color
and activity to any reef or FOWLR system.
They are very peaceful with other
fish species, but will sometimes argue among themselves; the
frequency of their quarrels with conspecifics is relative to
their numbers as a group ("the more the merrier", literally).
They can be housed with a wide variety of tank mates as long
as they are not highly aggressive or territorial species that
will harass or prey on them.
tank: Blue Reef Chromis should
be provided with a home of at least 30 gallons with a sand or
crushed coral substrate in addition to plenty of open swimming
space. Plenty of live rock is important for overall health of
tank inhabitants and water quality, but the Blue Reef Chromis
will spend most of their time interacting with each other while
swimming around in the open as a group; they will utilize live
rock for emergency shelter and during the night, but mainly rely
on each other for security.
diet: In the home aquarium,
they are very easy to feed and will readily accept a wide variety
of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp,
mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and blood worms as well as other
prepared meaty marine foods in addition to their natural craving
for amphipods, copepods, and other planktonic treats. They will
also accept carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore pellets and flake
foods. Feed 1 to 2 times per day.
An excellent reef aquarium
species because it will not bother invertebrates.
Purchase Size: 1" to
and Gold Bicolor Chromis
Description: The Black and Gold Bicolor Chromis is
characterized by a dazzling banana yellow body with two horizontal
black lines extending from the head of the fish to the tail.
As the fish gets mature, the colors will change to a more subdued
A perfect beginner fish, a very hardy fish, it can handle the
flucuations of beginner aquariums. Chromis and Damselfish are
commonly among the first fish to be added to a home saltwater
fish aquarium or reef aquarium because they have a relatively
high tolerance for poor water quality which is to be expected
for the first few months after a new saltwater fish aquarium
has been set up. They also make a good choice for beginner aquarists
because they are among the hardiest and most colorful of all
saltwater fish in the aquarium hobby.
Chromis are related to damselfish and both enjoy being in a school
of three or more, and make a spectacular display in large numbers.
Also referred to as the Behn's Damselfish, Blackmouth Chromis,
Blackmouth Damselfish, and Bicolor Blackmouth Chromis. An aquarist
should choose carefully, though, because Chromis and Damselfish
both commonly establish territory and can be aggressive toward
later additions to the aquarium.
Tank Requirements:The Black and Gold Bicolor Chromis should
be kept in 30 gallon or larger aquariums and may be kept in schools
of three or more. The Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis can become aggressive
toward other fish in the home saltwater aquarium as the Blackmouth
Bicolor Chromis matures.
Diet: Diet should consist of a variety of meaty
foods, frozen preparations, and some vegetable matter.
Reef Compatability: The Black and Gold Bicolor Chromis are
ideal fish for the reef aquarium, since they will not bother
invertebrates and corals.
Level of Care: A good fish
for beginners, easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"
Description:Less Agressive than DamselfishFish,
a great beginner fish, and
a terrific fish to learn the hobby with, the Blue Green Reef
Chromis is found in schools throughout the Indo-Pacific reefs
and in the Red Sea. A peaceful fish, the Blue Green Reef Chromis
is more mild mannered than DamselfishFish. A hardy fish, Blue
Green Reef Chromis will live many years in an aquarium with good
water quality. Commonly kept long term in home aquariums, in
small or larger schools in show tanks. Chromis are related to
damselfish but show alot less aggression as they grow, and both
enjoy being in a schools of three or more, and make a spectacular
display in large numbers.
minimum tank size: A
tank of at least 20 gallons is recommended.
a wide variety of prepared
foods; live brine shrimp, plankton, mysis shrimp, green algae.
Reef Compatibility:Less Agressive than
Damsel's. Excellent for Reef Tank or Fish Only Tank
Purchase Size: 1-1/2"