Blue Velvet Damsel Fish - Paraglyphidodon oxyodon - Neon Velvet Damselfish
Blue Velvet Damsel Fish - Paraglyphidodon oxyodon The Blue Velvet Damselfish, also known as the Javanese Damselfish or the Blue-Streak Devil, is black with small blue stripes and one, large white vertical stripe. As it matures, it may lose some of its coloring, fading towards brown and black. The Blue Velvet Damselfish is a very hardy fish with great personality. The Blue Velvet Damselfish will do well in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of region to hide and swim. It is aggressive toward other fish as they get older and are adviced to kept alone or with a mate in a fishtank. As such it is not suited for peaceful community tank. The Blue Velvet Damselfish are prone to disease if proper aquarium management techniques are not followed. After establishing a territory, a male Blue Velvet Damselfish cleans a rocky ledge or coral surface to prepare it for spawning. Using color changes, excited swimming movements, and, in certain species, clicking sounds, the male fish encourages a mature female to approach the spawning site and lay her eggs, which he quickly fertilizes. The Courtship and mating take about 10 to 20 minutes. Some males may mate with several females. Habitat:
The Blue Velvet Damselfish is found in the western pacific region and parts of Indian ocean including Indonesia, and Fiji. General Size Specifications:
The Blue Velvet Damselfish grows up to 6 inches. The small size will come to you generally 1 to 3 inches; the medium generally 1 to 3 inches; the large generally 1 to 3 inches. The Blue Velvet Damsel is a medium maintenance fish. Feeding and Diet:
The Blue Velvet Damselfish is an omnivore and feeds on a variety of meaty items, herbivore preparations, and flaked foods. They are fine for a reef tank and are also great for new tanks. The high quality water is required for these fishes. The temperature is kept to be between 72 and 78 degree Fahrenheit, specific gravity ranges between 1.020 to 1.025 and pH varies from 8.1 to 8.4. Breeding:
Each Blue Velvet Damselfish female fish lays up to 20,000 tiny oval eggs, which the male tirelessly guards and tends. The male fans water across the eggs with his fins, sometimes picking out dead eggs that could threaten the whole batch. The male Blue Velvet Damselfish defend their eggs against fish much larger than themselves with little regard for their own safety. The eggs hatch after three to seven days, and the larvae spend weeks drifting and feeding on animal and plant plankton.. During courtship rituals vibrant colors helps in distinguishing the sexes more clearly.