Humbug Dascyllus ~ White-tailed DamselfishFamily: PomacentridaeDascyllus aruanusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Greg Rothschild
Here is another damselfish with many common names! The Three-Stripe Damsel, Humbug Dascyllus, and the White-tailed Damselfish are just the ones we could find!
These make great beginner fish for an aquarium, but be sure that as they grow each one has it's own rock cave or a coral. This is because young species of Dascyllus in the ocean will often live in a comensal relationship with anemones. As they mature, however, they will abandon the anemone and move to corals.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Three-Stripe Damsel, Humbug Dascyllus, or White-tailed Damselfish are found all over the Indo-West Pacific from eastern Africa and the Red Sea to the central and western Pacific as far north as southern Japan and south to Tuamotu islands. Can be found at depths up to 12 meters. Associated with branching corals on inshore and lagoon reefs.
Maintenance: This fish will readily eat all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods and algae. Finely chopped meaty foods (like brine shrimp).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.
Breeding/Reproduction: Some of the damselfish have been bred in captivity. See general breeding techniques in the breeding Clownfish page.