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Amphrites
8 minutes ago, Zionas said:

It’s really threads like these that are giving me hope. Seems it’s not hard at all to get these guys to live for over a decade.

 

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2479621

 

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1501252

 

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=786323

If you look for something on google, you'll find it.
These animals have pretty decent lifespans, ymmv.

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Zionas
13 minutes ago, Amphrites said:

If you look for something on google, you'll find it.
These animals have pretty decent lifespans, ymmv.

Yeah that’s right. Since they’re related to Clowns I wouldn’t expect them to be short lived.

 

    I’ve also switched out the Azures for Yellowtails because I like more blue on the body.

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RedCrow
14 hours ago, Zionas said:

It’s really threads like these that are giving me hope. Seems it’s not hard at all to get these guys to live for over a decade.

 

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2479621

 

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1501252

 

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=786323

Keep in mind that we’re talking exclusively about chrysiptera damsels here. If we include all damsels (which includes clownfish), then yes, we’re looking at well over a decade for most. 
 I had a dascyllus for about 5 years that wasn’t even full grown yet when he was re-homed. 
 Most of the fish mentioned in the above threads are pomacentrus damsels, which are much larger (and therefore likely live longer) than chrysiptera. (Smaller body = smaller heart = faster heart rate = shorter lifespan)

 All that to say: yes, a chrysiptera could live over a decade. That doesn’t mean they will. 6-8 years would likely be a much more accurate assumption for your average chrysiptera. 

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Zionas
15 hours ago, RedCrow said:

Keep in mind that we’re talking exclusively about chrysiptera damsels here. If we include all damsels (which includes clownfish), then yes, we’re looking at well over a decade for most. 
 I had a dascyllus for about 5 years that wasn’t even full grown yet when he was re-homed. 
 Most of the fish mentioned in the above threads are pomacentrus damsels, which are much larger (and therefore likely live longer) than chrysiptera. (Smaller body = smaller heart = faster heart rate = shorter lifespan)

 All that to say: yes, a chrysiptera could live over a decade. That doesn’t mean they will. 6-8 years would likely be a much more accurate assumption for your average chrysiptera. 

Yeah here’s to 10+ years hopefully! Lol. I’ve always been afraid of trying any Dascyllus due to their aggression but I have to admit some of them are decent looking, like the Three Stripe and Four Stripe. I wouldn’t say conventionally attractive looking but their black and white bodies do stand out.

 

   I know a guy who kept a Four Striped for 17 years before it passed away. Amazing how long some of these smaller fish can live.

 

    

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Tired

I found a group of domino damselfish living in some kind of stony coral, last time I went to Hawaii. There was one big one and a bunch of little ones darting in and out of a basketball-sized colony of coral, with the big one so deep that I could barely see it. Most of them seemed pretty young, so I don't think it would work long-term, but it was an interesting thing to see at the time.

 

Those have so much attitude- might get one eventually, if I ever start up that "several medium crabs and a big hermit crab, with nothing for them to bother" tank. Things like a decorator crab, maybe a calico crab? Definitely a Halloween hermit. Don't think any of them would threaten a big ol' damsel. 

But I don't think Dascyllus are good fish for most tanks. They're just too mean. 

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Zionas
3 minutes ago, Tired said:

I found a group of domino damselfish living in some kind of stony coral, last time I went to Hawaii. There was one big one and a bunch of little ones darting in and out of a basketball-sized colony of coral, with the big one so deep that I could barely see it. Most of them seemed pretty young, so I don't think it would work long-term, but it was an interesting thing to see at the time.

 

Those have so much attitude- might get one eventually, if I ever start up that "several medium crabs and a big hermit crab, with nothing for them to bother" tank. Things like a decorator crab, maybe a calico crab? Definitely a Halloween hermit. Don't think any of them would threaten a big ol' damsel. 

But I don't think Dascyllus are good fish for most tanks. They're just too mean. 

Yeah they look sort of exotic compared to other damsels, if only they had the mild temperament too. I like how some of them host anemones like Clowns.

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RedCrow
6 hours ago, Zionas said:

I’ve always been afraid of trying any Dascyllus due to their aggression

Now I’ve only ever kept one, but the one I did have was a model citizen. He lived with a pink tail triggerfish who kept everybody in line. I’d say keeping them with other aggressive fish is a must though 

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Zionas
1 hour ago, RedCrow said:

Now I’ve only ever kept one, but the one I did have was a model citizen. He lived with a pink tail triggerfish who kept everybody in line. I’d say keeping them with other aggressive fish is a must though 

Yeah unfortunately the rest of my stocking list is quite peaceful for the most part. 😞

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