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Scientific Name:Pictichromis paccagnellae

Common Names:Bicolor Dottyback, Bicolor Pseudochromis, Royal Dottyback

Found in shallow coastal to deep outer-reef drop-offs. Hovers close to coral or rubble. Solitary or in small loosely scattered groups.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Bicolor Dottyback should consist of finely chopped meaty foods. This diet must include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It also happily consumes brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Over time it will learn to eat flake, pellet and other commercial foods.

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Scientific Name:Pictichromis dinar

Common Names:Blue Eye Royal Dottyback,

The drop-off at the type locality starts at 8 m, the substratum leading to this consists of coral rubble, a typical habitat for species of Cirrhilabrus . Apparently, the two small angelfishes sought by the collectors at this area are Centropyge bicolor and Paracentropyge multifaciata. Also found in crevices and overhangs on steep outer reef slopes.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Blue Eye Royal Dottyback requires a varied diet of meaty foods including brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. In order to keep bright coloration, provide krill that contain carotenoids or prepared color-enhancing foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis cyanotaenia

Common Names:Bluelined Dottyback, Bluebarred Dottyback, Surge Dottyback

A common but secretive species found in holes and crevices of exposed outer reef flats and reef margins. Occurs in pairs and feeds on small crabs, isopods, and copepods. Usually most abundant in high current or surge areas. Frequently enters the aquarium fish trade and has been bred in captivity. Sometimes solitary.

Origin: Western Pacific 
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Bluelined Dottyback should consist of finely chopped meaty foods. This diet must include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It also happily consumes brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Over time it will learn to eat flake, pellet and other commercial foods.

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Scientific Name:Labracinus cyclophthalmus

Common Names:Dampiera Dottyback, Fire-tail Devil, Red Dottyback, Red Grouper

Found near shelter of coral or rock of shallow reefs, with moderate surge or currents, in spread-out groups of mixed sexes. Also in tidal pools, reef flats and reef slopes, often in relatively silty areas at depths ranging to 20 m. Moves about activity through the gutters and passages. Feeds on small fishes. Frequently seen in the aquarium fish trade, and has been bred in captivity.

Origin: Western Pacific 
Max Size: 8.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Dampiera Dottyback should consist of finely chopped meaty foods. This diet must include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It also happily consumes brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Over time it will learn to eat flake, pellet and other commercial foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis dilectus

Common Names:Dilectis Dottyback, Sri Lanka Dottyback

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Origin: Indonesia, Sri Lanka 
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

Meaty foods such as vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, chopped fish and a quality flake food should be offered to eat.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis bitaeniatus

Common Names:Double Striped Dottyback,

Found in rich coral reefs and coastal reef slopes. A possible mimic of Pholidichthys leucotaenia. Also found in crevices and caves on steep slopes.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Double Striped Dottyback requires a varied diet of meaty foods including vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp as well as other prepared frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis fuscus

Common Names:Dusky Dottyback, Brown Dottyback , Yellow Dottyback

Found among corals of subtidal lagoon and seaward reefs. Also found in crevices and ledges. Usually found in association with branching corals (e.g. Acropora and Pocillopora). Sometimes enters the aquarium fish trade. Has been reared in captivity. Solitary.

Origin: Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Western Pacific
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Dusky Dottyback requires a varied diet rich in finely chopped chunks of meaty foods. These diets should contain krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. To maintain brightest yellow color, it is recommended to offer a diet rich in vitamins.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis elongatus

Common Names:Elegant Dottyback, Elongate, Red Elongated Dottyback, Red Head Elegant Pseudochromis

Found in coastal and seaward reefs in 5-60 m, solitary in caves or around rock outcrops.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Indonesia
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

Feed the Elegant Dottyback a varied diet of meaty foods such as vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp as well as other prepared frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis flavivertex

Common Names:Flavivertex Pseudochromis, Sunrise Dottyback, Sunrise Pseudochromis

Occurs usually around bases of small rocks or coral heads on sandy bottoms. Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Red Sea 
Max Size: 2.75 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

Feed the Flavivertex Pseudochromis a varied diet of meaty foods such as vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp as well as other prepared frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis fridmani x sankeyi

Common Names:Indigo Dottyback,

Usually on vertical rock faces or beneath overhangs, taking refuge in small holes. Generally common (Ref. 9710). Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Tank Bred
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Indigo Dottyback should contain a varied diet of meaty foods including vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp as well as other prepared frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis polynemus

Common Names:Longfin Dottyback, Polynemus Pseudochromis

An uncommon species that inhabits steep outer reef slopes, in areas with dense coral growth. Solitary, sometimes seen entering sponges.

Origin: Indo-Pacific 
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Longfin Dottyback should consist of finely chopped meaty foods. This diet must include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It also happily consumes brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Over time it will learn to eat flake, pellet and other commercial foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis steenei

Common Names:Lyretail Dottyback, Galaxy Dottyback

Inhabits coastal patch reefs on soft bottom slopes. Highly territorial and aggressive. This and related species have been known to bite the camera housings of divers and kill aquarium tank mates. Solitary or in pairs .

Origin: Western Pacific 
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Lyretail Dottyback should consist of finely chopped meaty foods. This diet must include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It also happily consumes brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Over time it will learn to eat flake, pellet and other commercial foods.

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Scientific Name:Ogilbyina novaehollandiae

Common Names:Multicolored Dottyback, Austrialian Dottyback, Australian Pseudochromis, New Holland Multicolored Dottyback, Red and Green Dottyback

Occurs inshore near reefs. Found in or near holes. Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Australia, Coral Sea 
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Multicolored Dottyback fond of meaty foods consisting brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis aldabraensis

Common Names:Neon Dottyback,

A cryptic species, quick to take shelter. Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Tank Bred
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

Feed the Neon Dottyback a varied diet of meaty foods including brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Cypho purpurascens

Common Names:Oblique-lined Dottyback, McCulloch's Pseudochromis

A cryptic species found in or near holes of coral and rock reefs, occurring on tide pools, lagoonal reefs, and reef slopes. Solitary or in pairs.

Origin: Australia, Coral Sea, Vanuatu 
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Oblique-lined Dottyback fond of meaty foods consisting vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, chopped fish and a quality flake food.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis coccinicauda

Common Names:Orangetail Dottyback, better picture

Found in rock and coral reefs exposed to wave action in 1-9 m.

Origin: Indonesia, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet of the Orangetail Dottyback should contain a varied diet of meaty foods such as vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, chopped fish and a quality flake food.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis fridmani

Common Names:Orchid Dottyback, Fridman's Dottyback, Fridman's Pseudochromis, Fridmani Pseudochromis

Usually on vertical rock faces or beneath overhangs, taking refuge in small holes. Generally common (Ref. 9710). Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Red Sea 
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Orchid Dottyback needs a varied diet of meaty foods including brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Its diet should contain krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. Over time the Orchid Dottyback will learn to eat flake, pellet and other commercial foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis spp.

Common Names:Pink Dottyback, White Bellied Red Dottyback

Origin: Indo-Pacific 
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 40 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Pink Dottyback is carnivorous and usually preys upon small shrimp, amphipods, copepods and bristleworms. It should be fed a varied diet of meaty foods such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, finely chopped mysis shrimp, finely chopped krill and other sea foods 1-2 times daily. In order to maintain stunning coloration, offer vitamin enriched foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis diadema

Common Names:Purple Stripe Dottyback, Diadem Dottyback, Diadem Pseudochromis

Found in sheltered reefs with rich coral growth. Small groups are found among coral or rocks. Minimum depth reported from.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Purple Stripe Dottyback should consist of finely chopped meaty foods. This diet must include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It also happily consumes brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. Over time it will learn to eat flake, pellet and other commercial foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis spp.

Common Names:Pink Dottyback, White Bellied Red Dottyback

Origin: Indo-Pacific 
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 40 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Pink Dottyback is carnivorous and usually preys upon small shrimp, amphipods, copepods and bristleworms. It should be fed a varied diet of meaty foods such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, finely chopped mysis shrimp, finely chopped krill and other sea foods 1-2 times daily. In order to maintain stunning coloration, offer vitamin enriched foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudoplesiops typus

Common Names:Ring Eyed Dottyback, Big Eye Dottyback, Hidden Basslet

Found in reef crests and lagoons; also near coral heads. Cryptic.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 10 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

In small aquarium, the Ring Eyed Dottyback may pick on smaller, passive species such as Nano Gobies. It is advised to keep the Ring Eyed Dottyback only one per tank if not the aquarium is quite big. In order to enhance bright coloration as well as reduce common fading in the aquarium, feed a varied diet supplemented with color-enhancing foods including vitamin enriched brine, mysis shrimp and quality prepared carnivore foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis splendens

Common Names:Splendid Dottyback, Splendid Pseudochromis

Found in lagoon and seaward reefs. Prefers drop-offs, usually close to corals and sponges. Usually solitary, occasionally in pairs.

Origin: Australia, Indo-Pacific, Indonesia
Max Size: 4.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Splendid Dottyback needs a varied diet of meaty foods including finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis springerii

Common Names:Springer's Dottyback, Springer's Pseudochromis, Springeri Dottyback

A common inhabitant of lagoon and seaward reefs. Found among corals. Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Tank Bred
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The diet for the Springer's Dottyback should consist of meaty foods such as brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis porphyreus

Common Names:Strawberry Dottyback, Magenta Dottyback, Purple Dottyback, Purple Pseudochromis

Hovers above coral or rubble and inhabits steep outer reef slopes and outer channel walls. Solitary or in small, loosely scattered groups at base of steep dropoffs.

Origin: Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Indonesia, Vanuatu
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Strawberry Dottyback will happily consume meaty foods such as brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods. In order to preserve its bright coloration, provide vitamin enriched foods and keep it varied.

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Scientific Name:Pseudochromis tonozukai

Common Names:Tono's Dottyback, Double Striped Dottyback, Orange Peel Pseudochromis

Occurs at 45° slope with mixed sand-rubble substrate; at least four male-female pairs were observed, several were solitary.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Sumatra, Indian Ocean 
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Tono's Dottyback is a carnivorous fish and needs a varied diet rich in meaty foods. Foods such as mysis and brine shrimp, high quality meaty frozen foods and high quality flake and pellet foods will keep the Tono's Dottyback healthy and thrive.

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Scientific Name:Manonichthys cf. alleni

Common Names:Whitetail Dottyback,

Solitary and cryptic. Inhabits caves and under ledges of coastal fringing reefs. This species has been observed to inhabit the tubular sponge Callyspongia aerizusa.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Whitetail Dottyback requires a varied diet of meaty foods including vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp as well as other prepared frozen foods.

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