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FAQs about genus Chromis Damsel Reproduction

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Related FAQs:  Chromis FAQs 1, Chromis FAQs 2, Chromis Identification, Chromis Behavior, Chromis Compatibility, Chromis Selection, Chromis Systems, Chromis Feeding, Chromis Disease, Damsel Identification, Damsel Identification, Damsel Selection, Damsel Compatibility, Damsel Feeding, Damsel DiseaseDamsel Reproduction

All Chromis are wild-collected for the hobby.

Keeping Chromis Happy Morning! <Hi there!> Hope you all are doing well. <And the same to you! Scott F. here today!> Reason for "writing" today is.... I have purchased 3 blue-green Chromis and talk about beautiful coloring!  Wow! <They are cool fish, huh?>   My question is this: How can you tell the males from the females? <Hmm... I am not aware of any external sex differences. Other damselfish species can be sexed by fin shape and coloration, but I have not heard this with this species...> And, if I do have both sexes, what are the chances of them actually successfully breeding in captivity?  I have heard that they are difficult breeders and that it is not common outside of their natural habitat...? <I have heard a few accounts of their spawning in captivity, but I have not heard about the larvae being reared...> Also, I was wondering, since they are peaceful, to be able to keep them in a 30 gallon tank with 2 yellow erectus seahorses? <While they are peaceful, they can be rather active, which might intimidate the seahorses during feeding. I'd pass on this combo, myself.> There is plenty of space for all of them and as I have found out... LOL. They (Chromis) are DEFINITELY hearty eaters!  I have been mixing live brine shrimp with frozen and also been adding a few flakes for them as well, they seem to do well with the mix and I am finding that there are still plenty of live brine shrimp swimming around to feed the seahorses as well.  Am I just asking for disaster by trying to keep these two beautiful species in the same tank? <Well, I don't think it's disaster in the making, but I think that you should observe carefully to make sure that the seahorses are getting their food...Also, as you mentioned- they are both pretty spectacular species, so why not keep each in its own tank?> Thanks for your time and attention.  Hope your day is a wonderful one! Jena <Thanks for the kind words, Jena! I hope you continue to enjoy these beautiful fish! Good luck! Regards, Scott F>

Breeding Green Chromis Hi! Sorry to trouble you, <No trouble at all.> but I was given this email address. Basically my green Chromis spawn every week. <Congratulations!> Any ideas on how to raise fry? <I would begin with rotifers. Damsels/Chromis are related to Clownfish. Hopefully, their larval stages are similar. I would research the needs for raising clownfish as a starting point. Joyce Wilkerson's book "Clownfish" could be helpful. Best of luck to you! -Steven Pro>

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