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Biota Captive-Bred Sapphire Damselfish
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Biota Captive-Bred Sapphire Damselfish (Pomacentrus pavo)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Orange
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 3"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Pomacentridae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Biota® Captive-bred Sapphire Damselfish is the common name for the male Blue Damselfish, also known as the Blue Devil Damselfish. The female is all blue; the male has an orange tail. The Captive-bred Sapphire Damselfish is a very colorful, hardy, and active fish. In the wild, Sapphire Damselfish are found throughout reefs, usually busy defending a small territory. The Sapphire Damselfish has the ability to hide in a hole or crevice and darken to an almost black color. This usually happens when it is threatened. After the perceived threat is gone, it will turn electric blue in a matter of seconds.

The Sapphire Damselfish is less aggressive than some Damsels, so its housing should be able to easily accommodate multiple specimens. It is a good fish for beginners, and makes an ideal companion fish for a saltwater tank of over 30 gallons, and as a great companion for reefs and invertebrates. As the fish matures it may become aggressive, causing problems with the selection of other species to be added to the aquarium. If keeping with other damselfish, provide multiple hiding places to break up territories and decrease aggression.

The Sapphire Damselfish diet should consist of flaked and frozen foods, and herbivore preparations.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/4”

Customer Testimonials

Nick Kellem Castle Rock , CO
I just received one of these, and now I wish I had bought more. This is an incredibly beautiful fish - the pictures don’t do it justice. Reef safe and peaceful as well. Why aren’t more people talking about these?
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