Another New Captive Bred fish from Sea & Reef, The Lemon Damsel


Just last week we made an announcement about a new a new captive bred fish called the Striped Dottyback (Pseudochromis sankei) and just a week later Sea & Reef is back in the news with a new captive bred damselfish called the Lemon Damsel (Pomacentrus moluccensis).

Damsel are very interesting to most reef aquarists but this one active, very hardy and peaceful compared to some of the other damsel species. The Lemon Damsel is a great starter fish for beginners and it is also a good choice for establishing a new aquarium. The fish will do well alone or in groups.

The Lemon Damselfish is also sold as the Golden Damselfish, Molucca Damsel or Molucca Demoiselle. As a juvenile the fish is bright yellow and it may display blue lines across its head and fin margins. As the fish matures the bright yellow coloration begins to diminish slightly and becomes less shy within the aquarium but usually not as aggressive as some other damsel species. The Captive-Bred Lemon Damselfish has a unique advantage over wild-harvested species due to their hardiness.

Damsels in the family, Pomacentridae, prefer multiple hiding places and peaceful tank mates. Though most Damselfish will ignore other fish, invertebrates and corals, some may be territorial towards its own kind or similar-sized fish. For best results, the Lemon Damsel is best to be kept in small groups of odd numbered fish in suitably sized systems of 30 gallons or larger. The fish has a maximum size of 2 3/4″ and they will eat a variety of foods including meaty foods, herbivore based foods, pellets and flake foods.

Sea&Reef will be adding details about the Lemon Damsel to their website in the near future but they are available for purchase if you are in the aquarium trade. Sea&Reef only sells to wholesale businesses.

Sea&Reef will be at MACNA 2019 which begins August 30th and Ends on September 1st. This year the event takes place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.




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Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.