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Blue-green chromis, shown here, are among the most popular saltwater aquarium fish for hobbyists in Phoenix, Arizona.

admin    December 29, 2021   CATEGORY: Aquarium Maintenance ,Fish Facts ,Uncategorized

Green and Blue Chromis: Facts and Maintenance Tips for Saltwater Aquarium Owners

Chromis are among the most popular fish for saltwater aquarium owners, and it’s easy to see why.  With their low maintenance needs, flamboyant personalities, and excellent swimming skills, chromis can create a habitat that is fascinating to watch.

If you are planning to welcome chromis into your home, we can help you get them acclimated. In the meantime, here are a few basic facts you may wish to know beforehand.

1. Some chromis are blue. Some are green. Some are greenish blue or bluish green. You may come across all these terms.. Their radiant, signature colors are what make them so popular for saltwater aquariums.

2. They only grow to about 4 inches long.

3. They enjoy swimming in groups and can be fascinating to watch, especially due to their shimmering color.

4. You should have at least six chromis in your aquarium. Although they are friendly, peaceful fish, a chromis aquarium is a little like a middle school playground. These fish will develop a hierarchy, so the “least popular” fish may feel lonely and vulnerable. If you have more fish, the lowest fish on this totem pole will feel more protected. There’s strength in numbers.

5. Chromis have a deeply forked tail, which allows them to swim faster.

6. Even though they are small, these active, excellent swimmers will need relatively large tanks so that they can be free to be themselves. We would recommend a 30-gallon tank or larger. 

7. As omnivores, they do graze on algae and eat flake foods. However, they prefer meaty foods like shrimp, so these should be their main foods. They should be fed at least three times a day, but be careful not to overfeed them. 

8. In nature, you can find blue-green chromis in coral reefs, especially in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Your saltwater aquarium should therefore include coral and rocks to make them feel at home.

9. The temperature of the tank should be 72 degrees to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

10. The pH range is 8.1 to 8.4.

11. They are part of the pomacentridae damselfish family, but there are more than 100 species of chromis within the genus subgroup. For that reason, they are sometimes referred to as blue-green damselfish.

12. The scientific name is chromis viridis.

13. Mature males in a nesting mode can sometimes be yellow.

14. Unlike some underwater animals, they don’t form lifelong, committed relationships with their partners in the wild. Instead, several males and several females will breed with one another.

15. When cared for properly, they can live for more than eight years.

Contact us for more information about how to care for your blue-green chromis or for other aquarium maintenance services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

TAGS: Blue Chromis, Chromis Care Tips, Chromis Facts, Green Chromis, Saltwater Aquariums,

Holiday gift ideas for your pet fish in 2021 can brighten your season too. A red discus fish is shown here with green plants in the background.

admin    December 3, 2021   CATEGORY: Aquarium Maintenance ,Industry News and Tips ,Uncategorized

Pampering Your Pet Fish for the Holidays: Gifts You Know They’ll Love

Your dog is getting lots of new chew toys and tasty treats.

Your kitty is getting a charming new cat tower.

But what are your fish getting? You’re not forgetting about them, are you?

Don’t do that! They may be your quietest pets, but they also can make your day so much better.

They might not wag their tails in gratitude or be able to rub their foreheads against yours as a way of saying “thank you” for their gifts, but let’s pretend they can express these emotions. The holiday season is all about magic, after all, so let us help you make the season come alive for your wet pets.

Here are some great gift ideas for your pet fish … and maybe for yourself too.

1. Buy them a bigger home.

Now that’s one grand gesture for the holidays. With more room to swim and sway and breathe and play, they’ll appreciate you more than they know. As long as you have the space for it and maintain it properly, you really can’t go wrong with a larger fish tank, regardless of the species inside.

2. Introduce them to some new friends.

If you’ve been wanting to grow your underwater family, the holidays may be the perfect time to do just that. Most fish enjoy the company of good friends with traits they like, so introducing new pets to your aquarium may make life exciting for all of its inhabitants.

Bonus: You’ll be giving the new friends new friends too!

(Of course, you probably are familiar with the rules, like trying to choose livestock that are compatible, as well as slowly acclimating any new fish to the water in your fish tank. See this blog to learn how to do that.)

3. Decorate your fish tank for the holidays.

Buy holiday-themed decor for fish tanks, which will provide your livestock with new places to play. Consider decor the fish version of pet toys. Make the experience even more fun by changing the color of the lights in your tank, switching up the color of the gravel, adding colorful rocks, and, if it’s a saltwater aquarium,  introducing red-green coral into your tank

4. Pamper your wet pets.

You can’t overfeed your fish, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some healthy vitamins into their tank to shine up their scales and boost their spirit. Consider it a mani-pedi for your fish.

5. Modify their diets, if it’s advisable.

Ask me which foods are best for your pets. If you’re not already feeding your livestock the most nutritious foods, this might be a good time to consider improving their diet. More substantial and more ideal foods will not only keep them healthier, but they will likely keep your tank cleaner.

Your fish tank is an aesthetic element of your home, so remember to incorporate it into your decor this season.

Ask me for additional tips on how to make the appearance of your aquarium come to life, either for the holidays or in order to start the new year off just right.

TAGS: Aquarium Decor, Aquarium Design, Holiday Gift Ideas,