Canary Damsel ~ Canary Deep Water DamselFamily: Pomacentridae Chrysiptera galba Photo ©Animal-World courtesy Frank Schneidewind
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
Canary Deep Water Damsel, Canary Damsel (Chrysiptera galba)
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This seasonal fish commands a very high price due to their unique coloring, shape, and long flowing fins. Shipping stress is the most fatal blow these fish are affected by. Keeping your quarantine tank's lights off and even covered to keep light out is suggested for a few days. Feed gut loaded live mysis or brine shrimp and keep the water very clean. They will adjust to captive life and switch over to prepared foods, however offer them a wide variety. Do not house them with aggressive fish and predators, however semi-aggressive fish are the perfect companions as the Canary Damsel will attack peaceful fish. It is what it is, a damsel, and the bad attitude can't be helped! Tanks should be minimum of 30 gallons for one or 55 gallons or more if you want them to have fish friends. They are very fast and active swimmers and a tank that is at least 4 feet long would be in their best interest. The more room, less attitude!
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).
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.
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.
Breeding/Reproduction: Some of the damselfish have been bred in captivity. See general breeding techniques under Clownfish on the marine breeding page.