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LFS told me not to get Damsels.

Discussion in 'Damsel / Anemone Fish' started by wrek, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. wrek

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    Why? He said they were nasty little things and would terrify everything in the tank. Really? Even yellow tail?

    I had read you can add them last... I'm to the point I'm ready to add my last fish and I wanted a couple little damsels.
     
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    Not enough tanks, space, or time

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    I wouldn't. I wouldn't even carry them at the fish shop I was running. They are very aggressive and many get pretty big, lose color, and end up as big, ugly, aggressive PITAs that you end up taking all the rock out of your tank just to get that one damsel back out. They are NOT worth it. I also wouldn't do any clownfish except for occelaris or percula for the same reasons. Even one of the safest damsels, the azure, ended up tearing up my clown. Unless you have a predator tank don't do it.
     
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    Get some Chromis instead, or anthias, much more peaceful fish.
     
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    yup, chromis are always the direct alternative.
     
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    Aren't Chromis damsels though?
     
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    A Chromis is more like a cousin of the common mean damsels, just llike a clownfish.

     
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    iv'e had damnsels in my tank before..and your right if ya add them last they do better..they still get aggressive but the other tank mates pretty much won't take they bullying so they will stand they're grownd with them..
     
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    If you like damsels, then get them. Just be mindful of what tank mates you put in with them. Personally, I like them and find them to be very entertaining and interesting to watch. They do much better in larger tanks and seem to be most aggressive in the confines of smaller aquaria.
     
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    Common damsels are very pretty and usually inexpensive. Then they eat and start growing. And growing. And growing and turning drab and getting more and more aggressive.
     

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