Cloudy Damsel ~ Indian Dascyllusm ~ Blue-spotted DascyllusFamily: PomacentridaeDascyllus carneus
As with many damselfish, this one has many common names! The Striped Damsel, Cloudy Damsel, Indian Dascyllus, Blue-spotted Dascyllus, and probably more depending on where you live!
In the ocean, young species of Dascyllus will often live in a comensal relationship with anemones. As they mature, however, they will abandon the anemone and move to corals. In an aquarium each will want a rock cave or a coral of their own.
This is a very common damselfish that is hardy, inexpensive and readily available from a marine fish store. A good fish for the beginning marine aquarium enthusiast!
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
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.