Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Blue Gold Damsel, also known as the Neon Damsel and Electric Blue Damsel, are found throughout the Indo-Pacific and Fiji. With this large distribution, there is considerable variation among individuals, specifically with the extent of yellow/gold on their bodies. This damsel is named appropriately for their metallic blue color that will literally glow under intense aquarium lighting. Damsels come from the Pomacentridae family, which they share with Chromis and Clownfish. A hardy fish, Blue gold damsels may be a good candidate “first fish” to add into a newer aquarium, but introducing damselfish too soon can also risk them becoming territorial to fish added afterwards. It is best practice to keep damsels in small-medium sized groups (6+ individuals) to help avoid this, but such behaviors are complex based on various environmental and individual factors. Some species in the genus Pomacentrus are known to be a bit more aggressive, and this should be taken into consideration for the Blue gold damsel. An adult Blue gold damsel can reach a size of approximately 3-1/2″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild damselfish are omnivorous. A varied diet of high quality algae, proteins, pellets, flakes, and enriched frozen foods are important for best coloration, immune function and optimal health. Damsels are some of the unfussiest of saltwater livestock when it comes to feeding.
Care Requirements: A minimum 75 gallon aquarium is ideal for a group of Blue gold damsels. A set-up with live rock is best for the health of the aquarium, and these damselfish will appreciate crevices to swim through and take refuge. Damselfish are one of the few groups of fish that can endure the break-in cycle of a new saltwater aquarium. Pomacentrus damsels can be more confrontational with tank mates, so observation after introduction is warranted. Blue gold damsels are reef safe; they will not bother any coral or invertebrate. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Medium: 1-3/4″ to 2-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.