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Garibaldi Damsel
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Garibaldi Damsel (Hypsypops rubicunda)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Blue, Orange
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 64-74° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 1' 2"
Origin Mexico
Family Pomacentridae
Minimum Tank Size 180 gallons
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The Garibaldi Damsel comes from the cool waters off of the coast of Mexico, and is one of the largest fish in the damsel family. The Garibaldi is a striking color of orange, and as a juvenile is marked with many blue spots. The fins of the juvenile are also outlined in blue adding to its beauty.

The Garibaldi Damsel grows very large and is an extremely long lived fish, with a lifespan of up to 25 years. This fish requires an aquarium of at least 180 gallons with plenty of live rock for territories, and cooler water temperatures. They are extremely aggressive towards their own kind, and only one of this species should be kept in the same aquarium.

The Garibaldi Damsel is sexually dimorphic with the males taking on a larger size and exhibiting a lobe on the front of the head. These fish have not been successfully bred in captivity.

The diet should include various meaty foods, herbivore preparations, and flaked foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile Small: 3/4" to 1-1/2"; Medium 1 1/2" to 2 1/4" Large 2 1/4" to 3" Adult Small: 3" to 3 1/2" Medium 3 1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Angela Pitts Lenexa , KS
This is a absolutely beautiful fish but as stated it is very aggressive. I had one about 7 inches long. Watch other small fish that you put into the tank with this particular breed. They are very territorial. He will eat other small fish. He devoured my wrasse.
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