The Yellowtail Blue Damsel is found naturally throughout the Indo Pacific swimming in groups among corals. However, the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA. This fish is small, growing no larger than 3 inches. It can be kept in an aquarium as small as 30 gallons or in a group if the aquarium is large enough. If you wish to keep a group of these pretty little fish, make sure you buy an odd amount and introduce them into the tank at the same time to limit aggression. When it comes to tank mates, it is generally peaceful unless there are other fish of a similar size or color. Still, the Yellowtail Blue Damsel is one of the more docile species of damselfish. Avoid keeping this fish with large predators, as it can become a quick snack. It will not bother corals or inverts, making it an excellent reef fish. This fish is extremely hardy and easy to care for. Along with that, it is quite beautiful. It has a mostly bright blue body with a yellow tail. There are two faint black stripes going through its eyes. Although this fish is common and popular, its vibrant colors are eye-catching, which is probably why it is so popular.
Feeding: Omnivore. Feed a mix of herbivore and meaty preparations. Feed live foods for 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: Blue with yellow tail
Because this fish is captive-bred from ORA, it is even hardier than its already hardy wild-caught counterparts. It is also more resilient to disease and less likely to carry disease in the first place. Along with that, captive-bred fish such as this one are 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 hindering the harmful wild-caught trade and supporting the captive-bred industry. This makes our beautiful hobby more sustainable.