Chrysiptera cyanea CHRCYA-011497-HIGJOE-003

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 1997 and is filed under Damselfishes, Spawning Reports.

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Breeder ID: CHRCYA-011497-HIGJOE-003

Date received: 1/14/97

Identification: Chrysiptera cyanea (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)

Geographic origin: Indo-pacific


Taxonomy: (after I.C.Z.N.)

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata

Class Osteichthyes

Order Perciformes Superorder Teleostei

Family Pomacentridae

Genus Chrysiptera

Species cyanea (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)


Description: Blue body, darker stripe extending from tip of premaxilla through eye; secondary stripes above first may be present on male, although much fainter. Posterior caudal margin in male is orange, pigmentation lacking in females. Male typically larger. Up to 80 mm. 


Duration male(yr): 4.0

Size male (mm): 50

Duration female (yr): 4.0

Size female (mm): 62

Broodstock notes: Spawns in community tank

Physical differences: Female is larger with fins trimmed in blue. Males fins lack pigmentation.

Adult diet: Artemia and spirulina flakes, three 93) times per day

Pre-spawning activity: Unknown, always spawn after lights are out.

Time spawning began: evening

Area spawning occurred: Under a rock

Frequency of spawning: weekly

Egg description: Circular egg mass. ~ 25 mm diameter

Approximate quantity: not indicated

Size: ~1 mm

Egg changes / development: Eye pigmentation visible after day 3

Incubation period: 4 days

Time hatching occurred: after lights are out

Size of hatching larvae:~ 2mm

Yolk sac present? No

Newly hatched appearance: Attracted to light. Mouth and eyes developed. Swim very well.

Transfer / removal method: not indicated


Spawning tank size (liter): 200

Sides of tank covered? Yes, back is blue

Lighting & photoperiod: 2- 40 watt Daylight® fluorescent and 2 – 40 watt actinic fluorescent (13 hours)

Filtration: Wet/dry

Additives and dosages: MacroAlgae-Gro®,Instant Ocean ® ASW changed 5% monthly.

Water temperature (F): 75 – 83

Specific gravity: 1.022

pH: 8.3

Nitrate: none detected


Fry development / changes: Larvae swim with erratic, jerking moition

First food offered: rotifers and trochophores with greenwater, fed twice daily

Survival: 3 days

Development description: Unable to get fry to accept any foods. Have tried repeatedly for 8 months  


Rearing tank size (liter): 4 – 37

Sides of tank covered? Yes, black

Lighting & photoperiod: not indicated

Filtration: none

Additives and dosages: Instant Ocean ® ASW 


Comments: Originally described as Glyphisodon cyaneus, by Quoy & Gaimard, in 1825, Voyage Uranie, Zool: 392, Pl. 64 (fig. 3), from a specimen(s) collected at Timor. Valid as Chrysiptera cyanea by Allen

Word origin: The genus Chrysiptera is from the Greek roots chrys, -o, =us, meaning gold; and pter, -o, =um, meaning a wing, a feather or a fin. The species is from the Greek word cyan, –e, -i, -i, meaning blue .Thus Gold fin and blue which aptly describes the fish.

About this report: Information contained in this report is taken from submitted observations. Taxonomy, Synonomy, Original description , Word origin and Suggested reading are provided by member(s) of The Breeder’s Registry staff. Information is presented under the belief that it is accurate. If you have information in addition to, or contrary to that presented you are encouraged to contact the Breeder’s Registry. Permission is granted for “one-time” personal use. Reproduction as distributed or accessible media is prohibited without prior written permission. All rights reserved. 1997

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