Blue Devil Damsel
DevilfishFamily: Pomacentridae Chrysiptera cyaneaPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Hiroyuki Tanaka
Many folks like the purity and beauty of the Blue Devil Damsel and this is perhaps one of the most popular of the damselfishes.
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- Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
- Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
The Blue Devil available in a pet store may often be a juvenile that has not yet come into its adult coloration. As they mature the males develop yellow-orange tail colors as you can see in the picture above. Females will gain a black spot at the base of the hindmost dorsal ray.
As they mature many damselfish are noted for becoming rather aggressive and are best not kept with smaller or overly passive tank mates. This species is no exception, it is rather territorial and somewhat aggressive. Specimens of this species can be risky if kept together for they may seriously fight causing severe damaged or death.
Providing a rock/ coral decor that has many nooks and crannies for hiding and retreat will help avert aggression. These can possibly be kept in groups if you are careful to have a good male to female ratio and keep a close eye out for trouble. In the wild, there will be several females to one male.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Blue Damselfish, Blue Devil Damsel (Chrysiptera cyanea)
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A female Blue Devil Damsel in captivity.
The female Blue Devil Damsel lacks the back orange to yellow found the back of the male's tail fin. The juvenile also lacks the male's coloring, making it hard to identify sexes when they are very small. Although they will do fine in groups as juveniles, there IS A REASON the word "Devil" is found in their name! House in a tank that is at least 30 gallons, however if other fish are to be added, the tank should be closer to 55 gallons. When frightened the Blue Devil Damsel can turn almost black and then back to their bright coloring when the perceived danger is gone!
Habitat: Natural geographic location: The Blue Devil is found throughout the Indo-Pacific region; on the northern portion of the Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia to Solomon and Mariana Islands, north to Ryukyu. They are seen at depths between 1 - 33 feet (.03 - 10 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.
|Female Photo © Animal-World|
Social Behaviors: Like all damselfish, they can be territorial and aggressive, especially as they get older. These can be kept in groups if you are careful about the sex ratio, one male to several females. Can be kept with other larger fish but watch them closely to be sure their aggression doesn't become destructive.
Sex: Sexual differences: Blue Damselfish are sexually dimorphic. The females are entirely blue without any yellow or orange coloration, some females depending on localities have a black ocellus on the lower posterior part of the dorsal fin. Also they have nearly translucent fins (see photo at the top of this page), versus totally blue fins in males. There is more information here: The Devils We Should Love .
Breeding/Reproduction: Some of the damselfish have been bred in captivity. See general breeding techniques under Clownfish on the marine breeding page.