Oblique-lined Dottyback

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Cypho purpurascens - (De Vis, 1884)
Oblique-lined Dottyback

This stunning dottyback is aggressive and will bully smaller, more docile fishes Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The Opaque-lined Dottyback is a great reef aquarium species, provided that certain vulnerable tankmates are excluded. It is less likely to be a problem in a large tank with plenty of hiding places.

Family: Pseudochromidae

Other common name(s):

  • McCulloch's Dottyback

Native range:

Maximum length: 7.4 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food, and Cyclop-eeze. Feed every other day in a reef tank.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This dottyback will attack ornamental shrimps and, like many in this family, it may bully smaller, more docile fishes. It is also more likely to attack other dottybacks, grammas, and red-colored fishes (e.g., cardinalfishes). It can be kept in male-female pairs, but only in a tank of 100 gallons [380 L] or more.

[edit] Notes

If you succeed in acquiring a pair, there is a good chance they will spawn (if you can keep the male from killing the female).

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Oblique-lined DottybackRDF feed
Common name Oblique-lined Dottyback  +, and McCulloch's Dottyback  +
Family Pseudochromidae  +
Genus Cypho  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Great Barrier Reef  +, Papua New Guinea  +, and Tonga  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name purpurascens  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +