Orchid Dottyback

Orchid Dottyback

The Orchid Dottyback is an exceptional addition to any reef aquarium. It hosts an amazingly vibrant purple that is unlike any other purple you will find on another marine fish. This fish can only be discovered within the reefs of the Red Sea and will almost always be found darting in and out of caves and holes in search of zooplankton.

This fish must be housed correctly in order to keep it thriving in captivity. In order to do so it requires an aquarium of at least 70 litres that is full of live rock and caves in order to satisfy its natural behaviour of darting in and out of caves. 

This is a generally peaceful fish to other tank mates larger than itself. However it is categorised as semi-aggressive due to the fact that it will often defend its caves from smaller fish and do so by chasing them around the tank. Additionally, this is an amazing fish for keeping your reef tank pest free as it will often treat itself to pests such as bristleworms and mantis shrimps. 

The Dottyback must be offered a varied diet from a range of meaty foods to herbivore preparations, and should be fed once per day. 

Minimum Tank Size70 Litres
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 3"
Colour Form: Purple, Red
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Pseudochromidae

nce per day.

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. Very pretty fish. Always out and about. Not overly aggressive but will stand his ground. I’ve had one for two years and he has never touched a coral in my mixed reef tank.

  2. Tank-bred pseudochromis are beautiful, hardy fish, darting in and out of holes in the rockwork. However, they are territorial and will chase and nip at smaller fish introduced into the tank.

  3. I found this comment in your otherwise excellent treatise about the Orchid Dottyback a bit mystifying: “Identifying the gender at birth is not possible as all Orchid Dottyback are born females.” If they’re all born females, then they’re all females at birth. I realize that what you’re trying to say is that you can’t predict, at birth, which one may become the dominate fish and transition to male, but still, words are words and this phrase needs working.

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