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Webers Chromis
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(Chromis weberi) Easy Peaceful 6" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Omnivore Southern Pacific, Fiji Pomacentridae Chromis Reef Compatible Webers Chromis (Chromis weberi) are widely distributed throughout the southern Pacific ocean, where they are found living in near-shore reefs, shallow channels and seaward facing reefs. Webers Chromis have a deeply forked-tail, uniform olive to gray colored body with dark edged scales, a dark bar behind each eye, dark pectoral joints, and dark tail-tips. Because of their exceptional hardiness, Webers Chromis make a great choice for beginners as well as the more advanced marine hobbyists. Webers Chromis are an active and peaceful species that prefer the mid to top levels of the aquarium; with their constant motion as a school, they will surely add plenty of activity to any reef or FOWLR system. Although not quite as common as many of their Chromis relatives, they are usually available online and can also be found at local retailers from time to time. Webers Chromis should be provided with a home of at least 30 gallons of water volume and a mixture of open swimming space and live rock and coral formations. Plenty of live rock is important for overall health of tank inhabitants and water quality, but the Webers Chromis will spend most of their time interacting with each other while swimming around in the open as a group; they will utilize live rock for emergency shelter and during the night, but mainly rely on each other for security. They are very peaceful with other fish species, but will sometimes argue amongst themselves. Despite occasional quarrels Webers Chromis prefer to live in schools of fish, with the more the merrier being the general rule. They can be housed with a wide variety of tank mates as long as they are not highly aggressive or larger predators that will see them as prey. In their natural habitat Webers Chromis are diurnal omnivores; coming out of their shelters at dawn to feed on planktonic surface life, then heading back to their rock cave and crevice shelters at dusk. In the home aquarium, they are very easy to feed and will readily accept a wide variety of live foods, commercial flake, frozen and freeze-dried foods along with vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and blood worms. They will also accept other prepared meaty marine foods in addition to their natural craving for amphipods, copepods, and other planktonic treats. Feed 1 to 3 times per day.
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Purple Chromis
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(Chromis scotti) Easy Semi-aggressive 4" 30 gallons 72-80° F, KH 10-15, pH 8.0-8.4 Omnivore Western Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Northern Brazil Pomacentridae Chromis Reef Compatible Purple Chromis (Chromis scotti) are found throughout coastal Western Atlantic and Caribbean reefs, where groups of them can be found swimming in and about the reef. Juvenile Purple Chromis are completely purple and blue in coloration with neon purple markings near their eyes and forehead. As they grow into adulthood, their bodies begin to change to a grayish color fading to white on the underside, with bright purple and blue markings on their fins and near their eyes. Purple Chromis do best in small groups or mixed with other similar Chromis species. They are semi-aggressive amongst themselves and tend to be very peaceful towards dissimilar tank mates. Some adult specimens become territorial over time, but this can generally be avoided by keeping them in well stocked aquariums or adding them as juveniles to an established aquarium. They are equally at home in either reef or FOWLR aquarium setups, and are suitable for all hobbyist levels. They are available from local fish stores and online retailers from time to time, generally labeled as Purple Chromis, Purple Reef Fish, Indigo Damsel or simply by their scientific name Chromis scotti. Purple Chromis do best in the home aquarium when they are kept in small groups and housed with tank mates that are peaceful to semi-aggressive in temperament. A suitable aquarium for this species should be at least 30 gallons in size, with a sand or crushed coral substrate, plenty of live rock and areas of open swimming space. A good amount of live rock is important for overall health of tank inhabitants and water quality; as well as, to provide security to the Purple Chromis who will spend most of their time interacting with each other while swimming around in the open as a group. They will utilize the live rock for emergency shelter and during the night, but mainly rely on each other for security. A well established reef with plenty of live rock will encourage the Purple Chromis to swim about the aquarium more freely, as they will feel confident that they can retreat to a rocky cave if needed. They are very peaceful with other fish species, but will sometimes argue among themselves;however, they are much happier when kept as a group than as a single specimen or a pair. They can be housed with a wide variety of tank mates as long as they are not highly aggressive or territorial species that will harass or prey on them. In the wild Purple Chromis feed on zooplankton that are found in large quantities just above the reef. In the home aquarium, they are very easy to feed and will readily accept a wide variety of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, cyclop-eeze mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and blood worms as well as other prepared meaty marine foods in addition to their natural craving for amphipods, copepods, and other planktonic treats. They will also accept carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore pellets and flake foods. Feed 2 to 3 times per day the amount of food they will consume within a few minutes.
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Vanderbilt Chromis
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(Chromis vanderbilti) Easy Peaceful 2" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Omnivore Central Pacific, Cook Islands, Fiji Pomacentridae Chromis Reef Compatible Vanderbilt Chromis are found living in and about coral reefs throughout the central Indo-Pacific. In the wild they are found living in large schools of individuals that feed on zooplankton in the waters above the reef, and retreat to the safety of the coral reef when threatened by larger predatory fish species. Like most Chromis and Damselfish species, the Vanderbilt Chromis is an extremely hardy species that is suitable for beginning marine aquarium hobbyists. The Vanderbilt Chromis does not have many specific care requirements other than clean water and the presence of some rock work to provide them a place to retreat to when they feel threatened. The Vanderbilt Chromis's attractive coloration along with their hardiness has made them a very popular aquarium species. Their popularity with hobbyists is increasing their availability at aquarium stores as retailers look to fill the demand for this popular Chromis species. Vanderbilt Chromis do best in the home aquarium when they are kept in small groups and housed with tank mates that are peaceful to semi-aggressive in temperament. A suitable aquarium for this species should be at least 30 gallons in size, with a sand or crushed coral substrate, live rock and plenty of open swimming space. A good amount of live rock is important for overall health of tank inhabitants and water quality; as well as, to provide security to the Vanderbilt Chromis who will spend most of their time interacting with each other while swimming around in the open as a group. They will utilize the live rock for emergency shelter and during the night, but mainly rely on each other for security. They are very peaceful with other fish species, but will sometimes argue among themselves;however, they are much happier when kept as a group than as a single specimen or a pair. They can be housed with a wide variety of tank mates as long as they are not highly aggressive or territorial species that will harass or prey on them. In the wild Vanderbilt Chromis feed on zooplankton that are found in large quantities just above the reef. In the home aquarium, they are very easy to feed and will readily accept a wide variety of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, cyclop-eeze mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and blood worms as well as other prepared meaty marine foods in addition to their natural craving for amphipods, copepods, and other planktonic treats. They will also accept carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore pellets and flake foods. Feed 1 to 2 times per day the amount of food they will consume within 5 minutes.
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Bicolor Chromis
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(Chromis margaritifer) Easy Peaceful 3" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 Omnivore Indo-Pacific Pomacentridae Chromis Reef Compatible Bicolor Chromis are a schooling fish species endemic to the reefs of the Indo-Pacific that are quite popular among beginning to advanced hobbyists due to their exceptional hardiness and peaceful personalities. Bicolor Chromis are very social and should be kept in groups of at least 5 individuals; where they will interact with each other providing each other with security and providing constant activity within their environment. Bicolor Chromis are generally peaceful with other tank mates and conspecifics, but can become territorial towards other Chromis or Damsel species. Bicolor Chromis (Chromis margaritifer) are mainly black in coloration that changes to white at the rear ends of their anal and dorsal fins as well as their entire caudal fins; they are often confused with their Half-and-half Chromis (Chromis iomelas) relatives that are almost identical in coloration with the exception of being 50% black and 50% white, changing at their mid section between mouth and caudal fin. Although Bicolor Chromis are popular, they are not as readily available as some of their more common relatives. Bicolor Chromis should be provided with an aquarium of 30 gallons or more with ample swimming space at the mid to upper levels as well as sand or crushed coral substrate and plenty of live rock for shelter. Being a diurnal species, they will hide within caves and crevices in the live rock at night and come out to swim around looking for planktonic or other foods during the day. They generally peaceful with other fish species, but should only be housed with other Chromis or Damsel species in very large systems as they can become territorial with similar species that aren't part of their own school. Overall, Bicolor Chromis can be housed with a wide variety of heterospecific tank mates that aren't highly aggressive bullies or overly territorial species. Bicolor Chromis are omnivorous and stay around the surface looking for planktonic snacks within their natural environment. As aquarium inhabitants, they are not picky eaters and will readily accept a wide variety of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, amphipods, copepods, chopped krill, and blood worms as well as other prepared seafood. They will also readily accept a wide range of quality pellets and flake foods for carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. Feed 1 to 2 times per day.
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Blue Reef Chromis
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(Chromis cyaneus) Easy Peaceful 3" 30 gallons 74-82° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 Omnivore Indo-Pacific Pomacentridae Chromis Reef Compatible The Blue Reef Chromis is an attractive schooling species endemic to the Western Atlantic; it's possible to keep just a single specimen, but they really should be kept in groups of 6 or more individuals. Because of their exceptional hardiness, Blue Reef Chromis make a great choice for beginners as well as the more advanced marine hobbyists. Blue Reef Chromis are an active and peaceful species that prefer the mid to top levels of the aquarium; with their constant motion as a school, they will surely add vibrant color and activity to any reef or FOWLR system. Although not quite as common as their Green Chromis relatives, they are usually on hand at local retailers and can easily be found via online vendors. Blue Reef Chromis should be provided with a home of at least 30 gallons with a sand or crushed coral substrate in addition to plenty of open swimming space. Plenty of live rock is important for overall health of tank inhabitants and water quality, but the Blue Reef Chromis will spend most of their time interacting with each other while swimming around in the open as a group; they will utilize live rock for emergency shelter and during the night, but mainly rely on each other for security. They are very peaceful with other fish species, but will sometimes argue among themselves; the frequency of their quarrels with conspecifics is relative to their numbers as a group ("the more the merrier", literally). They can be housed with a wide variety of tank mates as long as they are not highly aggressive or territorial species that will harass or prey on them. By nature, Blue Reef Chromis are diurnal omnivores; coming out of their shelter at dawn to feed on planktonic surface life and will then head back to their shelter for the evening at dusk. In the home aquarium, they are very easy to feed and will readily accept a wide variety of live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and blood worms as well as other prepared meaty marine foods in addition to their natural craving for amphipods, copepods, and other planktonic treats. They will also accept carnivore, omnivore, and herbivore pellets and flake foods. Feed 1 to 2 times per day.
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Green Reef Chromis
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(Chromis viridis) Easy Peaceful 3" 30 Gallons Yes 74-82° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 Omnivore Indo-Pacific Pomacentridae Chromis Reef Compatible 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. 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. 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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