|Maximum Size||6cm (2.4")|
|Temperature||Tropical: 23-27 deg C (73-81 deg F)|
|Water Parameters||SG: 1.020-1.025, pH: 8.1-8.4|
|Lighting||No special requirements|
|Reef Aquarium Compatibility||Excellent|
In the wild, Sunface Damselfish may be found in small groups amongst coral rich areas of seaward reef slopes and deep lagoons, feeding mainly on zooplankton low down in the water column. Although these pretty fish are considered much less aggressive than many of the damselfish species, their assertiveness often increases with age and maturity. It is therefore advisable to keep either a single specimen, a known male-female pair, or a large sized odd-numbered shoal (9+) introduced simultaneously as juveniles into a spacious tank with plenty of hiding places amongst the rockwork. Smaller groups are often known to suffer fatalities. Choose tankmates with care, avoiding any really docile species such as cardinalfish and firefish. May also be seen on sale as Talbot's Demoiselle.
Offer a varied diet consisting of small frozen foods such as Spirulina-enriched brineshrimp, Mysis shrimp and finely chopped krill, plus marine flake food and herbivore rations. Feed small amounts 3 times per day.
This species has not been bred in the home aquarium, but they are known to form distinct pairs in the wild when spawning. Male damselfish typically establish a territory and prepare surfaces of rubble or coral for females to deposit their adhesive, demersal eggs. Once the eggs are laid the male will quickly fertilize them and aggressively defend them from any intruders. He will also aerate the eggs until they hatch.