2-Stripe Damsel Fish - Dascyllus reticulatus - 2-Striped Humbug Damselfish
2-Stripe Damsel Fish - Dascyllus reticulatus The 2-Stripe Damselfish, also known as the Reticulate Dascyllus or Reticulated Damselfish, is a popular fish. Two dark bands encircle its shimmering silver-green body on the front half and also on the back in front of the blue-green tail. The 2-Stripe Damselfish has a white or tan body with a dark bar crossing the body at the pectoral fin base. There is a second, less distinct bar at the rear of the body. The dorsal, anal and caudal fins are dark Habitat:
The 2-Stripe Damselfish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific, from the Cocos-Keeling Islands, throughout South-east Asia and Micronesia, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Pitcairn Islands. In Australia the 2-Stripe Damselfish is known from the north-western coast of Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland south to northern New South Wales and Lord Howe Island. General Size Specifications:
The 2-Stripe Damselfish grows up to nine centimeter in length and are generally available in purchase size of _ inches to 1-1/2 inches. This fish is found in depths from 1m to 50m. Minimum Tank Size:
A 30-gallon or larger aquarium is suitable with plenty of hiding places for the 2-Stripe Damselfish. Due to its aggressive behavior as an adult, it is adviced not to keep 2-Stripe Damselfish with other fishes. However they do well with other aggressive fish in a community tank. It will not harm invertebrates or disturb the tank setting.The tank Conditions imposed for this breed are temperature ranging from 72 to 78ÁF; specific gravity from 1.020 to1.025 and pH from 8.1 to8.4. Feeding and Diet:
The 2-Stripe Damselfish are carnivore and the diet includes meaty items,herbivore preparations and flaked foods. The 2-Stripe Damselfish feed primarily on algae. The 2-Stripe Damselfish inhabits seaward reefs and lagoons, often associated with branching corals, particularly Pocillopora eydouxi. It is usually seen in small schools, and can be one of the most common damselfishes on coral reefs. Breeding:
When mating, the male will clear a section of coral or rock so that the female can attach her eggs.