Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > Blogs > Sk8r
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read


Rate this Entry

The humbug damsel

Posted 11/07/2015 at 03:47 PM by Sk8r

My quirky, buzzing, cloud-making damsel showpiece...
I love damsels. My favorite tank is a damsel reef. I'm pretty good at it. I don't have nipped fins or the like---and one of the keys, I think, is, a) keep it to one of a kind and b) figure there's 'one ring to rule them all...' or, there will be a boss damsel, and some species are more apt than others to take that role.

My dark lord of the tank is actually a golden onespot dascyllus---size and shape about that of the smaller tangs, brilliant gold fins, brown body, white spots, and, well, she buzzes like a rattling teacup in an earthquake when she's ticked, or grabbing a morsel of food: the other damsels kowtow to her, but run right back in behind her back. First time I heard her sound off, I thought something had gone wrong with the pump. Loud!

Her latest---I passed my tank and feared I'd just had a kalk overdose---until I saw a white stormcloud come out from under the rockwork, driven by a bright gold tail.

Well, that's one way to clean your sandbed.

I actually have two dascyllus species: her, and a smaller three-stripe b&W that I think is Romeo to her Juliet, and who knows what we'll get if there's a mating. I didn't want a mated pair (problems) and thought those two were far enough apart this wouldn't happen, but, ah, me, he is staying small and she's the biggest thing in the tank.

Their behavior as a species is the same as the maroon clowns, and they actually will adopt an anemone with all the same behaviors. Exactly the same behaviors. I can say somewhat gratefully that if she has teeth, they're not visible (my bucktoothed clarkii clowns of yore were really biters) and she'd rather buzz than bite. Their other name seems to be 'humbug damsel.'
Posted in Uncategorized
Views 13606 Comments 2 Edit Tags Email Blog Entry
« Prev     Main     Next »
Total Comments 2


  1. Old Comment
    how do people here even have access to post something or to start a blog do you or anyone know
    Posted 11/10/2015 at 11:51 PM by eddy962010 eddy962010 is offline
  2. Old Comment
    I love these post and share them with my friends and people who buy fish from me
    Posted 11/14/2015 at 11:00 AM by rennne39 rennne39 is offline

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:30 PM.

TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2021 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.