Canary Demoiselle

Canary Damsel ~ Canary Deep Water Damsel

Family: PomacentridaePicture of a Canary Demoiselle, Chrysiptera galbaChrysiptera galba Photo ©Animal-World courtesy Frank Schneidewind
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I love this fish! The bright colors give some life to my reef. A great fish to have in your tank  DB7

   Named for its color, a bright yellow, the Canary Damsel or Canary Demoiselle is definitely a vibrantly colored fish. It is sure to catch the eye!

   This is another good fish for a first time marine aquarium enthusiast. The Canary Demoiselle is not only a pretty fish, but a good pick due to its hardiness and affordablility.

For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium


Geographic Distribution
Chrysiptera galba
Data provided by FishBase.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Pomacentridae
  • Genus: Chrysiptera
  • Species: galba

Habitat: Natural geographic location:    The Canary Demoiselle or Canary Damsel are found in Southeastern Oceania including Cook and Austral islands. It inhabits passes and outer reef slopes and can be found at depths down to 98 feet (30 meters).

Status:    These fish are not listed on the IUCN Red List.

Maintenance difficulty:    The Canary Damsel or Canary Demoiselle is among the easiest of all marine fish to keep.

Maintenance:    This fish will readily eat all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods and algae. Finely chopped meaty foods (like brine shrimp) can be fed regularly. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day. In a reef situation they don't really need to be fed very often at all.

Foods:    All kinds. See "maintenance" above.

Social Behaviors:    Like all damselfish, they can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older. Can be kept together and with other larger fish but watch them closely to be sure their aggression doesn't become destructive.

Sex: Sexual differences:    Not Known.

Light: Recommended light levels:    No special requirements.

Breeding/Reproduction:    Some of the damselfish have been bred in captivity. See general breeding techniques under Clownfish on the marine breeding page.

Temperature:    No special requirements.

Length/Diameter of fish:    Canary Damsel or Canary Demoiselle adults can grow to 7.0 cm ( 2.8 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:    A minimum 20 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong    No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom    Swims at all levels of the aquarium.

Availability:    This fish is available from time to time.

Author: David Brough. CFS.
Lastest Animal Stories on Canary Damsel

DB7 - 2007-01-30
I love this fish! The bright colors give some life to my reef. A great fish to have in your tank

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RICH - 2005-01-19
This site helped me alot especially when I was starting my saltwater tank


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Danny - 2006-01-18
Don't just pick the first one you see. They range from banana yellow to almost yellow. You definitely want to choose the darkest yellow. They grow up to look confusingly close to the lemon angel from afar. I love the colors they add. They are mostly passive and work well in small groups. They swim around a lot too.

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Tony T. - 2009-04-09
My canary damsel is the hardiest of the hardiest! He has lasted through two cycles in both of my tanks. He's a soldier!

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