Barrier Reef Chromis

Greek Name: Chromis nitida



The Barrier Reef Chromis often referred to as The Yellow-back Puller or Shining Puller can be found in schools throughout all of the Coral Sea. This fish is dark with a stripe that is diagonally running from the eye up to the dorsal fin. The stripe above the fish appears yellow, while below it is silver.

It is a tough fish that can be found in a variety of aquariums. It is usually kept for long periods, in small schooling, and is a good choice for the reef aquarium. It is a tranquil fish that adds an impressive effect to your tank. The Barrier Reef Chromis can live between 8 and 15 year old in an aquarium with well-maintained water.

The food choices should be varied and comprise of meaty foods such as herbivore flakes, herbivore, and frozen meals. Consuming foods that are vitamin-rich can aid in keeping the vibrant hue.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4″ to 1-1/4″ Medium: 1-1/4″ to 2″ Large: 2″ to 3″ Xlarge: 3″ to 4″



Care Level




Color Form

White, Yellow



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Coral Sea



Minimum Tank

30 gallons


Barrier Reef Chromis Information

The Barrier Reef Chromis (Chromis nitida) as the name implies is found across The Great Barrier Reef of Australia. They sport a white body with a black diagonal line and a yellow dorsal portion. They feed on tiny planktonic crustaceans like mysis and krill, and are a great choice for heavily rocked aquariums. They can be kept as a single or in pairs and schools. They grow to an average dimension of 3 inches. However, they shouldn’t be kept in an aquarium that houses larger, predatory fish. They’re suitable for reef aquariums, but they shouldn’t be kept in a tank with smaller valuable invertebrates, like Venus Shrimp or Bumblebee Shrimp since they might attempt to consume them. They should be kept in an aquarium of at least 20 gallons.

Additional information


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