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Splendid Dottyback
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Splendid Dottyback (Manonichthys splendens)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 3¼"
Origin Indo-Pacific
Family Pseudochromidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Splendid Dottyback, also known as the Splendid Pseudochromis, has a blue body covered with white to light yellow spotting. It also has a yellow tail and a yellow mark between the eyes. Originating from Indonesia, this species can be territorial in smaller aquarium set-ups, maintaining with larger tank mates is ideal.

A 30-gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment. It will not be intimidated by other fish and will defend its territory, even against fish two to three times its size. It will eat small ornamental shrimp.

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

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1 1/4" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 2 3/4"; Large: 2 3/4" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Kevin Shapiro Cambridge , MA
This is a beautiful fish - the specimen that arrived had much more vivid colors than the one in the photo. But beware, it is extremely aggressive! Mine has not tolerated the addition of any other fish to the tank (he drove a blenny to commit suicide!), and has eaten hermit crabs and shrimp. It will even bite your finger - and it has sharp teeth!
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