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Damselfish are the most common "starter" saltwater aquarium fish. They are considered good starters because they are inexpensive if lost, they adapt well to a variety of water conditions, and they make colorful additions to any saltwater tank. We recommend captive bred damsels because they are hardier and it helps protect the reefs from dangerous fishing practices. A big misconception about damsels is that they get along well with other fish. Damselfish become very aggressive as adult fish. This can be a problem if you have added them as a starter fish to stabilize your new tank and then want to add new fish. When you add any new expensive fish to the tank you may have a territorial problem with the existing damselfish. To combat this problem, it is best to keep damselfish in small groups of three or four. Damselfish are omnivorous and will eat a wide variety of flake foods. They also enjoy Brine Shrimp as a treat. They are a hardy fish that are rarely susceptible to disease and parasites.