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Orangetail Dottyback

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Pseudochromis coccinicauda - (Tickell, 1888)
Orangetail Dottyback

This species is one of the more docile dottybacks. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This small dottyback is a great addition to the reef aquarium. It is less of a threat to shrimps and other crustaceans than others in the family. A male-female pair can be housed in a larger reef aquarium. The females are brown with an orange tail.

Family: Pseudochromidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Maximum length: 5.8 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

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

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

[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

One of the more docile dottybacks. However, larger males may terrorize small, passive species (e.g., gobies, dartfishes) in smaller tanks. Large individuals may beat up other dottybacks that are of similar size if they are added after the Orangetail is well-established in the tank.

It will spend much of its time slinking around among the live rock. If kept with more aggressive tankmates, it is likely to spend most of its time hiding.

[edit] Notes

The Bluelined Dottyback (Pseudochromis cyanotaenia) is a similar species.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Orangetail DottybackRDF feed
Common name Orangetail Dottyback  +
Family Pseudochromidae  +
Genus Pseudochromis  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Western Indian Ocean  +, Indonesia  +, and Maldives  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name coccinicauda  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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