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YEL­LOW TAIL BLUE DAM­SELFISH

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine -

Sci­en­tific name: Chrysiptera parasema Pro­nun­ci­a­tion: Chris-ip-tera pa-ra-see-ma Ori­gin: Western Pa­cific from Aus­tralia to the Philip­pines Max­i­mum size: Around 7cm Tank size: Min­i­mum 120x30x30cm Avail­abil­ity and cost: Very com­mon; start­ing around £9 each

A com­mon species, this fish is a deeper hue of blue than other ‘yel­low tail’ types. It’s also a lot less ag­gres­sive than many fish that look like it, but that’s not to say it’s with­out ter­ri­to­ries or dis­putes. Keep­ers note how quickly this fish set­tles, even feed­ing right af­ter in­tro­duc­tion in some cases. Tra­di­tion­ally, the har­di­ness of this species means it has been used to ma­ture new tanks, but such prac­tices are now con­signed to the list of things we aquar­ists no longer do.

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