Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Paletail Chromis, Chromis xanthura
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Paletail Chromis
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Paletail Chromis (Chromis xanthura)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Purple, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6"
Origin Fiji
Family Pomacentridae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

The Paletail Chromis is easy to care for, beautiful, and peaceful. This member of the Pomacentridae family is most recognizable by its gorgeous light yellow tail that slowly fades into a majestic iridescent blue body. The Paletail Chromis is desirable not only for its beauty, but also for its ability to be kept with most other community fish, invertebrates, and corals. The Paletail Chromis may demonstrate territorial behavior toward its own kind or similar-sized fish.

Native to reefs ranging from mid-depth to shallow lagoons of the Indo-Pacific and South Pacific, wild specimens prefer to school in large shoals amongst branching corals like Acropora. In the home aquarium, the Paletail Chromis does best in similar environments and will actively swim at all levels of the aquarium water column. In fact, small schools of the Paletail Chromis add a dazzling and dramatic shimmer of beauty to almost any well-established reef system.

Overall, the Paletail Chromis is very hardy and can live between 8 to 15 years in aquariums with excellent water quality. For best care, feed several times throughout the day with a varied diet of meaty items, herbivore flakes, and frozen preparations. Vitamin-enriched foods may also help to preserve body coloration.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1/2" to 1"; Med 1" to 2"; Large 2" to 3"

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