Black and White Chromis (Chromis iomelas)
Family: Pomacentridae (Damselfish)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 10 to 114 ft. Size: 2.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Planktonic copepods
Natural History: The Black and White Chromis is found in reef channels and faces in individuals or pairs. It is observed to sometimes join shoals of Bicolor Chromis, a similar species. This species serves as a dither fish, which alerts other more secretive species that its safe to emerge when the Black and White Chromis is swimming about.
Husbandry: The Black and White Chromis is a hardy aquarium fish. It is generally aggressive only with other members of its own or closely related species. It will likely be bullied by other more aggressive tankmates. This species spends most of its time swimming about the aquarium.
AKA: Half and Half Chromis
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