What is the proper name for this fish, also the common name?
Looks like a Yellow Tail Damsel to me.
ok sweet! thank you
yea its a yellow tail. I just got rid of mine, dont let the LFS fool you thay are small and very pretty but they are very mena especially if they are the first fish in the tank theget very territorial mine terrorised omy namdarin, killed my domino damsel and even harrased my decorator crab..he was so bad he used to flash his fins at his own reflection in the glass..after he started picking at my mandarin I took him back. theyre good fish and usually sold as beginer fish because they are very hardy but if i could start over, id get a goby or firefish as lon gas the tank is cycled good already just starting id actually wait on fish ans stick with the cleaner crew of inverts for at least a month minimum
totally disagree. They are pretty cute, and in a sufficiently sized system, not a problem at all. They dont bug any of my coral, fish, or other stuff; plus they add movement to a tank :-D
overall I'd give then a 9 out of 10; they are hardy and not a nuisance, they don't get very big, and are cute along the way :D
personally I've never had a problem with them, so I'd recommend them to both seasoned and beginner reefers alike :-)
Good luck with your tank!
Yellowtailed DEVIL... (damsel)
You get one case out of every 200 that Kloxse mentioned. If you don't believe me, let me look for some threads.
I've never had any issues with the species; and the few issues that many speak of are often, IMHO, over exaggerated and then taken word for word by others; leading to a bad reputation for a pretty nice fish.
Personally; I think they are a fine choice when it comes to a smaller reef fish. I perfer Chromis, especially the Blue/Green or a watchmen/goby of somekind; but I think you shouldnt have any issue with keeping this cute lil guy :-P
i heard storys from friends "KEEP IN MY MIND THIS IS SECOUND HAND STORYS" about them killing other fish. One i know for sure was a flame angle dwarf. It might just be people buy these fish and put them in at the wrong times in the wrong size tank or over stocked tank. But i am new two salt water tanks and have only had my tank for a couple weeks now so dont take my word on it im a newbie.
The problem with the Yellow Tail Damsel, from my personal first hand experience, is tank size. This fish is very similar in behavior to a Banded Coral Shrimp. In the proper size aquarium, they are generally very peaceful. However, when you stick them in small quarters, say 29 gallons or less, they become territorial and aggressive to new additions.
Some of the stories you hear are also due to the "cycle" process. All fish become much more aggressive during the cycle and the Yellow Tail Damsel is often used for cycling.
Finally, there are 4 or 5 different species sold as a "Yellow Tail" Damsel. When you hear stories on the internet, you can't really be sure if it is the true Yellow Tail, such as the one pictured above, or another more aggressive variety.
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