Bluegreen Chromis (Chromis viridis)
Family: Pomacentridae (Damselfish)
Natural Range: Red sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 5 to 39 ft. Size: 3.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Planktonic crustaceans
Natural History: The Bluegreen Chromis is found in lagoons and on patch reefs, reef flats, faces, and slopes. It forms large shoals in lagoons in shallow water, possibly numbering into the thousands. Its diet may change with the seasons, ranging from hydroids to plankton and algae. It is also associated with hiding among stony corals.
Husbandry: The Bluegreen Chromis is best kept in groups of 6 or more to avoid aggressive conspecific behavior. With less than 6, subordinate fish may get picked to death. Angels, hawkfish, dottybacks and other fish may be aggressive toward Bluegreen Chromis. Stony corals may benefit from the presence of this species. The Bluegreen Chromis provides waste matter for the coral and the coral provides refuge for the fish.
Reproduction: Males set up territories on the sea floor. After finding a female, the pair return to the nest and the female lays eggs on it. The male then fertilizes the eggs and repeats the procedure a number of times.
AKA: Green Puller
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