Native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean areas, this fish is also called a Reticulated Damselfish, Reticulate Dascyllus and Two-Striped Humbug. It is a popular fish that is easy to care for and very hardy. In the wild, this schooling fish likes to live inside branching stony corals. The body is colored silver-green with two dark bands that encircle the body; one located behind the eye, the other where the tail begins. As a juvenile, it is docile, as it matures to adulthood it becomes aggressive.
Size: 1/2" to 1"; can get up to 4"
No. in Tank: singularly or one mated pair; many juveniles can occupy the same aquarium but need divided as they reach adulthood (to avoid fighting over territories).
Tank: min. 30 gallons
Food: (Omnivore) It needs both a herbivore and a carnivore diet, including things such as: mysid shrimp, brine shrimp, marine algae and herbivore preparations.
Adaptation: If keeping a mated pair, they must be introduced into the aquarium at the same time, else fights over territories may occur. It needs many hiding places and room to swim. Will take 2 or more hours to fully acclimate.
Compatibility: Ideal for a reef system that does not contain any small docile fish. Best to place with other aggressive fish. It will not harm corals, clams or invertebrates but will harass fish many times its own size.