Neon Velvet Damsel
Black/Blue Velvet Damsel ~ Javanese DamselFamily: Pomacentridae
Neoglyphidodon oxyodonPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Greg Rothschild
Jewel Damsel ~ Bluebanded Damselfish
The Neon Velvet Damsel is such a beautifully colored fish as a juvenile, it has been given the nickname 'Jewel Damsel'!
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Popularly known as the Black Velvet Damsel or the Blue Velvet Damsel Fish, the Neon Velvet Damsels are some of most attractive damselfish as juveniles. They are one of the medium to large sized damsels that can grow to almost 6 inches in length. Strikingly colored when young, it has flashy neon colored electric-blue horizontal stripes dashed across its face and upper body. There is a vertical white or yellow bar that divides the body just in front of the dorsal fin. These markings contrast dramatically with its dark body. As they grow older however, the stripes fade and the fish becomes a grayish blue color overall.
This bold beauty is called by many names and readily stands out, but of the damselsfish the Neon Velvet Damsel is one of the more demanding. They need top quality water conditions and plenty of room as they can become territorial and will aggressively defend their space. They are generally easy to feed however, and will readily accepting most small foods.They are a suitable addition to reef tanks as they can be kept with invertebrates.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Habitat: Natural geographic location: The Javanese Damsels or Neon Velvet Damsels are found in the Indo-Australian Archipelago including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Ashmore Reef (Timor Sea). Found at depths between 1 and 4 meters, inhabits protected reef flats of lagoons and inshore reefs. Mainly occurs on current-swept reef flats where it congregates in groups of varying sizes.
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.
Photo © Animal-World:
Courtesy Mike Donajkowski