Striped Damsel

Cloudy Damsel ~ Indian Dascyllusm ~ Blue-spotted Dascyllus

Family: Pomacentridae Picture of a Striped DamselDascyllus carneus
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Ha, thats funny! I have a porcupine puffer and cloudy damsel as well, and he doesn't stop terrorising all of them, including my maroon clown which he beat up pretty... (more)  Nick T

   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


Geographic Distribution
Dascyllus carneus
Data provided by FishBase.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Pomacentridae
  • Genus: Dascyllus
  • Species: carneus
Striped Damsel pair, Dascyllus carneus

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Pair in captivity

These fish can do quite well in smaller tanks if they are the only ones. Like others in their genus, the Striped Damsel is very aggressive and becomes nastier as it grows. They will inhabit certain anemones as juveniles, however they move into the rock structure and find a cave or coral of their own as adults. They are great beginner fish and are awesome in tanks with fish that are aggressive as well. They can be kept in a 10 gallon tank, however that would mean they should be the only fish. In tanks that are at least 40 gallons (4 foot long), they can be housed with other more aggressive fish that can hold their own.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:    Found throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Status:    These fish are not listed on the IUCN Red List.

Maintenance difficulty:    This fish, the Striped Damsel, Cloudy Damsel, Indian Dascyllus, or Blue-spotted Dascyllus, is among the easiest of all marine fish to keep.

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.

Foods:    All kinds. See "maintenance" above.

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.

Sex: Sexual differences:    Not Known.

Light: Recommended light levels:    No special requirements.

Breeding/Reproduction:    Some of the damselfish have been bred in captivity. See general breeding techniques under Clownfish on the marine breeding page.

Temperature:    No special requirements.

Length/Diameter of fish:    Striped Damsel, Cloudy Damsel, Indian Dascyllus, or Blue-spotted Dascyllus adults can grow to 5 cm ( 2.0 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:    A minimum 10 gallon aquarium is recommended if this is the only fish to be kept in it.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong    No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom    Swims at all levels of the aquarium.

Availability:    This fish is readily available.

Author: David Brough. CFS.
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Nick T - 2008-12-04
Ha, thats funny! I have a porcupine puffer and cloudy damsel as well, and he doesn't stop terrorising all of them, including my maroon clown which he beat up pretty bad once! Sometimes I wish my puffer would take him out!

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kristen - 2006-04-03
I HAD one of these fish along with a porcupine puffer, a key hole angle, domino damsel, a blue devil, and a 4 striped damsel, and this fish picked on all of them yes even the porcupine puffer!
But any way this fish is highly aggresive.
As i said i had one until one day my porcupine got tired of it and ate it. I know devastating, but in the back of my mined i was kind of glad. It could never terrorize again!

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