Lined Dottybacks

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Labracinus spp. - Schlegel, 1858
Lined Dottybacks

These dottybacks should only be kept with other large, aggressive fish species. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Labracinus dottybacks can be glamorous, interesting additions to the predatory reef aquarium. Before acquiring one, however, know that they are some of the most aggressive members of the dottyback family and are only suitable for tanks that contain larger, more belligerent fish species.

Family: Pseudochromidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Maximum length: 25 cm (10 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including chopped marine fish and crustacean flesh. Feed two to four times per week.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Very aggressive. They are a threat to ornamental crustaceans and regularly eat small fishes. Although it is a risky proposition, they can be kept in male-female pairs if the aquarium is large enough (over 135 gallons [513 L]) and if the two in the pair are introduced simultaneously.

One effective way to introduce potential pair members (and keep them from fighting) is to divide the aquarium with a pane of glass or acrylic and let them habituate to each other for several days before pulling out the divider.

[edit] Notes

The Labracinus species are: L. atrofasciatus, L. cyclophthalma (Fire-tail Devil), L. lineatus (Lined Dottyback), L. melanotaenia (Darkstriped Dottyback).

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Lined DottybacksRDF feed
Common name Lined Dottybacks  +
Family Pseudochromidae  +
Genus Labracinus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 10 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, and Eastern Indian Ocean  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name spp.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +