Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Whitetail Dottyback, Manonichthys cf. alleni
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Whitetail Dottyback
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Whitetail Dottyback (Manonichthys cf. alleni)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Grey, Pink
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.021-1.025
Max. Size 3"
Origin Indonesia
Family Pseudochromidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Whitetail Dottyback is an example of the exciting big-finned Dottybacks recently appearing in the aquarium trade. Members of the Genus Manonichthys are medium-sized Dottybacks distinguished by a deep body and pronounced pelvic fins. The dorsal, anal and caudal fins also appear over-sized, giving credence to the name "big-finned" Dottybacks. The Whitetail Dottyback boasts an interesting color scheme featuring a soft, salmon-pink coloration that peers through a predominantly gray body color. This coloration is accentuated by a dramatic constellation of yellow dots, covering the entire body. The white caudal and pelvic fins add brilliant contrast and highlight these large fins. The caudal peduncle (the area where the body and tail meet) of certain individuals may also be white, adding greater visual interest. Deep crimson dots near the base of each pelvic fin are quirky, yet telltale features of the Whitetail Dottyback. For this reason, the Whitetail Dottyback is sometimes known as the Red Dot Dottyback.

The ideal setup for the Whitetail Dottyback will be an established saltwater aquarium of at least 30 gallons in size aquascaped with generous amounts of live rock. Create ample crevices and caves for the Whitetail Dottyback. Similar to other Dottyback species, it is recommended to house the Whitetail Dottyback singly unless the aquarium is very large. Because of its energetic personality, the Whitetail Dottyback makes a great addition to a large community marine aquarium.

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

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

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