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Green Reef Chromis
(Chromis viridis)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 3"
Minimum Tank Size: 30 Gallons
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 74-82° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Pomacentridae
Species: Chromis
Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible
Native Habitat and Species Information
The Blue Green Reef Chromis, is an excellent schooling fish and should if possible be kept in groups of 5 or more individuals. Green Chromis are found in many reef aquariums, due to their bright colors and extremely peaceful nature towards both other fish, corals and invertebrates. This species is also an excellent choice for the beginning marine aquarist as they are a very hardy species and will tolerate less than perfect water conditions.
Green Chromis are also very easy to feed as they will readily consume most marine fish foods on the market including flake and fried dried. While this species is not difficult to keep in the aquarium environment, it is a very rewarding species as they bring a lot of activity and bright colors to either fish only or reef aquariums.
As the photos of the Blue/Green Reef Chromis show, they can vary in color from blue to green depending on the lighting and distance from the lights. While the Blue/Green Reef Chromis has a pretty standard body shape, they more than make up for this with their vibrant coloration and active swimming style. This species especially shines when kept in small groups where their schooling and bright coloration will add to their visual appearance.
Aquarium Care
The Blue Green Reef Chromis is a very hardy fish species that will do well in most all types of marine aquariums. While there are no special lighting or water conditions for this species, they should be kept in small groups (schools) as this is how the live in the wild. Small schools of Blue Green Reef Chromis will provide each other security and will be more interesting to watch as they interact with one another.
A reef or rock aquascaping should be provided for the Blue Green Reef Chromis to swim in and out of and to retreat to if threatened. Once comfortable in the aquarium this species will spend most of its time swimming in the upper areas of the aquarium. A small group of Blue Green Reef Chromis will add a lot of bright color and vibrant motion to any aquarium as they actively swim about.
Feeding & Nutrition
The Blue Green Reef Chromis should be fed a varied diet consisting of meaty items, herbivore flakes, and frozen preparations. Using vitamin-enriched foods may help to preserve the bright color. They will also readily consume live foods such as brine or mysis shrimp; as well as, organisms living in the aquarium like copepods and amphipods. Overall this species is not a picky eater and will be easy to feed.
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