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FAQs about the genus Amblyglyphidodon Damsels

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Amblyglyphidodon aureus in Australia.

fish ID please    1/26/12
I saw this damsel at a local pet shop under mixed damsels.  I am having a very difficult time identifying the fish. During the day it is the pale green/blue color almost like a Chromis viridis except that you can almost see stripes at certain angels <angles>.  Also the shape is not the same.
<Ah yes>
As it swims it seems graceful then suddenly stops and flares out it's fins as if posing.  When I checked on my take at night the fish is a different color and the stripes are visible.  Yes, this is the same exact fish in all three photos.  Can you please help me ID this guy.  It is my favorite fish in the whole tank and I will watch him swim for hours.  After several days of internet searching I can only guess Sergeant Major Damselfish/Abudefduf saxatilis or Staghorn Damselfish/Amblyglyphidodon curacao.
<I do agree at least w/ the genus>
Please help so I can research proper care and tank size to meet its needs as it grows. 
Thank You,
<My pix, coverage here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/amblyglyphidodon.htm
Cheers, Bob Fenner>

Damsel ID  6/13/2011
Hi guys. I recently purchased this fish from a local store. (pic attached) they said it was a damsel from the great Barrier Reef but didn't know what type. Can you help by telling me what type it is? It's color is the same as a green Chromis and is 1 inch long. Seems very Peaceful. Sorry the pic isn't great. He isn't shy just not photogenic. Thanks so much for all the great work you guys do.
Mmm, no pic attached
Re: re:
Sorry here's the pic
This looks to be an Amblyglyphidodon sp., maybe an A. leucogaster juv. Bob Fenner>

6 year bullies, Amblyglyphidodon aureus ! Need to trap some fish - 1/22/07 Hello everyone!! <Hi Pam, Brenda here> I have learned so much from you guys.  Thank you for such a wonderful site!! <You are welcome and thank you for the positive feedback!> I hope you can now help me with the following problem. It concerns this bully, Amblyglyphidodon aureus! I've had two of them for about six years!  They bullied a beautiful little pair of tangs three years ago, and chewed them to the point of no return.  Through the years, I haven't been able to keep any other fish in my 75gal reef tank.   This week however, I decided to give it another try, and purchased six Bicolor Pseudochromis.  So far, the bullies have chewed the fins on two of them so badly; I fear they will not survive.   <Ouch!!> Along with the Chromis, I bought six very small Tomato Clownfish - Tank-Bred.   <Yikes!  Twelve fish all at once?  Too many!  Also that is too many clownfish for your tank.  I suggest no more than two clownfish together.  You will likely see aggression as they mature.> Again, I was hoping for power in numbers, but that doesn't seem to be the case here, with bullies like the Amblyglyphidodon aureus. They are being harassed to no end! Now, for my question:  Is there any such thing as a "fish trap"? <Yes> Yeah, funny question, but try catching these! As soon as they see the net, they duck for cover with the speed of lightening!  I must get rid of these pests! <Try searching the internet for fish traps there have been many who have made their own.   They are also available at www.marinedepot.com, and possibly at your LFS.  I suggest separating as many as you can from these damsels, ASAP.  I wouldn't add more than two fish at a time to your system, and this is after they have been quarantined for 30 days.  Fourteen fish for your system is too many in my opinion.> I don't have a refugium set up at the moment (that's another problem!) however I do own a new one. <A refugium would be a nice place to house some fish until you can find someone to take them.> Thank you for all your help!! Pam <Your welcome and good luck!   Brenda>

Spawning Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster  11/13/05 Hello again Thank you for the previous reply on phoronids. This time my question involves spawning fish.  I have 3 yellow belly damsels (Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster) in my tank with several other types of fish. <Fishes if more than one species> The damsels starting spawning about 2 months after I got them. The first 2 times they laid eggs on a powerhead and the eggs got eaten within hours. Then 3 days later they laid eggs again, this time on a seaweed clip. It's been almost 3 days and the eggs have gotten bigger and darker. The first batch is darker than the 2nd batch that they laid a day after the 1st ones. <Exciting!> I assume it's the male damsel that keeps guarding and fanning the eggs, I might be wrong though. He sure keeps my Kole tang away from the eggs.  <Good... could be either sex> I'm not sure what to do. Should I move the clip into a different tank and hope they'd hatch or just leave them alone? <Mmm, depends... what do you want to do?> Here's a pic of the first set of eggs. Sorry about the bad quality. My digital camera isn't all that fancy. Thank you in advance again for your help. -Cole <...? You could try raising the young... need to culture food, keep isolated from predators... Bob Fenner> 
Damsel ID Hello to whoever is on duty this afternoon- I was just wondering if you could ID my little buddy in the attached pic. I got two of these guys before finding your website, and have been unable to find anything on them.  They were sold under the common name "Yellow Chromis". <This is a juvenile Amblyglyphidodon aureus (don't say this fast ten times with a mouthful of potato chips!). Our coverage of the species, genus is here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/amblyglyphidodon.htm Bob Fenner>
Thank You-

Avoiding A Damsel In Distress Dear Mr. Fenner, <Scott F. here this morning!> >Found a number of your articles on the Wet Web Media website when doing a web search for marine fish info and thoroughly enjoyed them.  Was very impressed by your knowledge and obvious love of these fascinating and wonderful creatures. <They are all priceless treasures!> We have a 38 gallon, fish-only aquarium with a large Maroon Clownfish, Purple Pseudochromid and a Yellow-tailed Blue Damsel.  We're looking to add another fish, and are quite taken with the Amblyglyphidodon Damselfishes, particularly Amblyglyphidodon aureus (Golden Damselfish). <They have a classic damsel shape and some neat behaviors-understandable that you like 'em!> Your WWM article notes that this is an easy-going fish, but I know that having two or more fish from the same family in a small community tank is generally not a great idea (they fight).  Would adding a Golden Damselfish to our tank be advisable? <If for no other reason than their ultimate potential size (5 inches or more), I'd pass on them for your sized system. Perhaps in a much larger tank, you could try a small group of them.> Thanks much for any assistance you can provide. --Kevin M. <And thank you for stopping by! Keep reading and studying!>

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