Goldbelly DamselFamily: PomacentridaePomacentrus auriventrisPhoto © Animal-World courtesy David Brough
A gorgeous fish, the Goldbelly Damsel is hardy and easily maintained in the marine aquarium.
Very similar to the Neon Damsel, P. coelestis, except the Goldbelly Damsel is yellow on the lower half of the body.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Habitat: Natural geographic location: The Golden Damsel is found in the Western Central Pacific from Mircronesia to Indonesia. Reported from Christmas Island and Caroline Islands. They are usually found in small groups at depths between 6 - 49 feet (2 - 15 meters). They inhabit inner reef slopes with mixed rubble, coral and algae, and other aggregates close to the bottom.
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.
Social Behaviors: Like all damselfish, they can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older. They 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.
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