Royal Dottyback

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Pictichromis paccagnellae - Axelrod, 1973
Royal Dottyback

This beautiful species is very aggressive and will tangle with, and beat up, other hellions that have already been well-established in a reef community tank. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Although it makes a stunning addition to the reef aquarium, ounce for ounce this is regarded by many as one of the most aggressive marine fishes. Like others in this genus, its brilliant colors often fade in captivity. Feed it a color-enhancing food to prevent this from happening.

Family: Pseudochromidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Maximum length: 5.1 cm (2 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

Very aggressive toward tankmates. It may bother shrimps, but is less likely to do so than larger relatives. Keep only one per tank. It is also prudent not to house it with other dottybacks.


[edit] Notes

This is a fish that can wreck the balance of small or average-sized marine community, and one that very often will need to be hunted down and removed to restore peace to the system.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Royal DottybackRDF feed
Common name Royal Dottyback  +
Family Pseudochromidae  +
Genus Pictichromis  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Tropical Indo-Pacific  +, and Red Sea  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name paccagnellae  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +