Black-tailed DascyllusFamily: PomacentridaeDascyllus melanurusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Greg Rothschild
The Black-tailed Dascyllus or Four-striped Damsel is a great starter fish for a beginning marine aquarist!
Besides being handsome, the Black-tailed Dascyllus or Four-striped Damsel are hardy, they will readily eat just about anything, and they are not expensive.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Black-tailed Dascyllus or Four-striped Damsel are found in the Indo-Australian Archipelago and western Caroline Islands including Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, and the northern Great Barrier reef of Australia. The are found at depths down to 33 feet (10 meters), and it is associated with isolated coral heads in sheltered inshore habitats.
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.