The Pink Smith Damselfish from ORA is captive-bred. While damselfish from the ocean are already extremely hardy, captive-bred damselfish are even more so. They are well adapted for aquarium life since that’s all they know. The Pink Smith Damselfish has a silvery-pink color with some yellow at the top of its head and on its dorsal din. It isn’t by any means the most showy fish, but it makes a great filler fish. While its colors are not the brightest, they are unique and not prevalent. It is still a beautiful fish. The best part about damselfish is how easy they are. Many people use damselfish to cycle their aquariums, putting them through almost unbearable conditions. While we recommend using products such as TurboStart 900 and NitroCycle to do a more humane fishless cycle, the point is that damselfish are hardy. Damselfish have a reputation for being aggressive. Their small size makes them seem harmless to new hobbyists, however they can be very territorial. Generally, the smaller of an aquarium they are put in, the more aggressive they will be. If you try to put them in a 30 gallon aquarium with two or more other fish, it would be no surprise that they would be aggressive. However, in a larger 70-100 gallon aquarium or even larger, they tend not to be as aggressive because other fish won’t encroach on their territory as much. These fish can be kept in groups, though they should not be kept with other damselfish species. Remember, when keeping a larger amount of damselfish, you will need a larger tank.
Purchase size: 1 – 1.25″
Feeding: Omnivore. Accepts most marine fish food. Feed higher quality food or live food for a healthier, more vibrant fish.
Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Reef Safe: Yes
Color: Pale, shimmering pink with yellow on above the head and on the dorsal fin.
Captive-bred fish such as this Pink Smith Damselfish are hardier and more resilient to disease than wild-caught fish. They are less likely to carry disease in general because they are exposed to far less fish. Captive-bred fish are also better adapted for aquarium life and better able to handle the stress of shipping. By purchasing captive-bred fish, you are helping the ocean by discouraging the harmful wild-caught trade and supporting the captive-bred industry instead. This make our beloved hobby more sustainable!