Biota Pavo Damselfish (Pomacentrus pavo)
The pavo damselfish (also known as the sapphire or peacock damsel) is a fantastic choice of fish for any saltwater tank. Like most other damsels, it is exceptionally hardy. Its small adult size makes it appropriate for many nano reef aquarium set-ups. Not only are pavo damsels completely reef-safe, but they are much more peaceful than their average damselfish cousin (in many instances they will even shoal together). And, they even help to eat nuisance algae! Their bright blue coloration and yellow forked tail lend to their impressive appearance; even among the handful of other blue-colored damselfish species, the pavo damsel is a vivid standout. And, they are comparatively rare in the trade!
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Size and Care Requirements
- Purchase Size: ~1″ (length)
- Max Size: ~3″ (length)
- Water Parameters: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.2-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
- Color: Bright blue
- Reef-Safe: Yes
- Diet: Omnivorous
Pavo Damselfish Species Information
The pavo damsel is native to the tropical Indo-West-Central Pacific Ocean including the Coral Sea, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. It typically inhabits sandy areas of lagoon reefs, isolated patch reefs, coral heads or rubble zones where it feeds mainly on zooplankton and filamentous algae.
The Benefits of Captive-Bred Damselfish
Captive-bred livestock offers a huge advantage over wild-caught specimens. Because these animals are cultured in captivity, they are better adapted to living in an aquarium and so tend to be more disease resistant and docile. They are also better able to handle shipping/acclimation stress. By purchasing captive-bred pavo damselfish, you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every pavo damsel we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will replace it free of charge (including shipping). If the total livestock loss is less than $40, we will issue store credit. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.