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How I Caught My Damselfish…


Blue Velvet Damselfish (Paraglyphidodon oxyodon)

For the past year or so we’ve had a Blue Velvet Damselfish (Paraglyphidodon oxyodon) in our refugium. He’s a leftover from when we had an wartskin anglerfish in the tank, unfortunately the anglerfish died and the damsel remained…

Our refugium used to have lots of large amphipods and copepods happily living and reproducing until the damsel was lucky enough to be the only fish in the tank (plus the peacock mantis shrimp).  The other night I was cleaning algae out of the refuge and I thought to myself, I really need to get that fish out of there so I can get my bugs back! In the past I’ve used a small size 22-26 flyfishing fly (green or orange scud/shrimp) to catch a few tangs and hawkfish out of the display tank.  I figured I’d give it a shot with the damsel!

Small scud hook/fly for catching damselfish

Caught the damselfish!

I pinched some Cyclop-Eeze powder onto the hook, tossed it in the tank and he slammed it!  The fly floated next to a piece of algae at the top of the tank so I’m pretty sure he thought it was an amphipod that ventured a little too far out of the green hair algae. So, the damsel swam in jail (in-take refugium) that evening until I could take him into the LFS… were I traded him in on a Virgate or Two Bar Rabbitfish (pictures to come).

90 Gallon Refugium with in-tank refugium

In-Tank Refugium / Refuge

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Posted on February 27, 2012, in Fish, Reef Maintenance, Refugium (Refuge), Saltwater Aquarium Reef Tank and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on How I Caught My Damselfish….

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