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Orchid Dottyback
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Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Purple, Red
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 3"
Origin Red Sea
Family Pseudochromidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Orchid Dottyback, also known as the Fridman's Dottyback, or Fridman's Pseudochromis is an excellent addition to most reef tanks. This gorgeous lavender colored fish has a wonderful personality in the aquarium and will surely become the aquarium favorite. The Orchid Dottybacks are found only in the Red Sea. They can be found in colonies near ledges, where they can dart in and out to feed on the passing zooplankton.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with numerous hiding places should be provided. It will tend to swim in the open after it has become acclimated to its new environment. It may occasionally chase smaller fish but will defend its hiding places from intruders. It will prey on pests such as small mantis shrimp and bristleworms, making this fish ideal for the reef aquarium. If more than one Pseudochromis will be maintained together in the aquarium, it is important to add them at the same time.

The Orchid Dottyback should be fed a varied diet consisting of foods specifically designed for carnivores. If kept in a reef aquarium, the Orchid Dottyback should be fed once per day.

strong>Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4" Medium: 1-1/4" to 2-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Kevin Shapiro Allston , MA
What a fun fish! I named him Fox because he reminds me of a sly fox moving in and out of the live rock. He also eats everything that floats by his face. A great fish for anyone!!!
Richard Lilly Corpus Christi , TX
Very territorial little bugger. I would recommend putting this guy in last so that everyone else will take care of their territories once he is added. Mine would probably do better with fish more aggressive that could put him in his place.
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