Yellow Damsel Fish - Amblyglyphidodon aureus: The Yellow Damselfish, also known as the Golden Damselfish, has lemon yellow coloring highlighted by upper and lower racing stripes, sometimes of neon blue. As it matures, the colors will fade and it will become more aggressive.
The Yellow Damselfish species is easily recognised by the golden-yellow colour on the body and the small blue to purple spots that can be found on the face around the eyes and mouth. It can be found living on coral reefs in association with gorgonian fans and black coral trees as it shelters in their branches for protection. They are generally seen to be solitary however they may be encountered in small aggregations feeding on zooplankton a few metres above the bottom. It is generally found at depths from 10 to 45 metres. The Yellow Damselfish grows to a maximum length of approximately 12cm.
Like other damselfish, the Yellow Damselfish are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Basslets, Blennies, Boxfish, Clownfish, Goatfish, Gobies, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Tangs & Surgeons and Wrasse.
The Yellow Damselfish are not compatible with Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.
The Yellow Damselfish can be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees. The pH should be 8.4, with specific gravity between 1.020 and 1.025 unless there are invertebrates in the aquarium in which case the lower limit should be 1.022. Water quality should remain high.
Habitat: The Yellow Damselfish or golden Damselfish is a small tropical fish species that belongs to the ‘Damselfishes’ family Pomacentridae. It can be found in the warm tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean and is known to occur from the Andaman Sea and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean across to Fiji, north to the Ryukyu Islands and down south to the Rowley Shoals (eastern Indian Ocean), the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia and in Tonga.
Minimum Tank Size: A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with adequate hiding places provides a good environment for the Yellow Damselfish fish. It will not disrupt a reef tank or demolish invertebrates. The Yellow Damselfish is a hardy fish that can handle a wide range of tank conditions, making it a great choice for the beginning hobbyist.
General Size Specifications: The maximum size of Yellow Damselfish available for aquarium is upto 3 inches. The small size will come to you generally 1 to 3 inches; the medium generally 1 to 3 inches; the large generally 1 to 3 inches.
Feeding and Diet: The Yellow Damsel fish diet should consist of a variety of meaty foods, including brine shrimp and mysid shrimp, frozen herbivore preparations and flakes. Vitamin-enriched foods will help to keep their coloration bright.