Fish Guide

Splendid Pseudochromis   (Manonichthys splendens)
Family: Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 10 to 131 ft.   Size: 5 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Easy   Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Crustaceans, bristleworm, zooplankton
Natural History: The adult Splendid Dottyback is found as solitary individuals on outer reef faces and reef slopes in areas rich in coral and sponges. It spends most of its time darting from one refuge to another in search of food. Juveniles may be found in small groups.
Husbandry: The Splenid Pseudochromis is aggressive and should not be housed with other dottybacks. It should also not be housed with smaller species of fish or ornamental shrimp which it may eat. It is best kept with larger fishes that may thwart its aggression. This dottyback has been reported to eat fireworms, a pest animal in a reef tank.

AKA: Splendid Dottyback

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