Sunrise Pseudochromis (Pseudochromis flavivertex)
Family: Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 7 to 102 ft. Size: 3 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Crustaceans, small worms
Natural History: The Sunrise Pseudochromis is found on reef faces and slopes near rock or coral stands on sandy bottoms. It is found solitary or in loose groups. It is secretive and only seen dashing from hole to hole where it remains hidden for long periods. Even when observed in small groups or pairs, only one individual occupies a retreat.
Husbandry: The Sunrise Pseudochromis should be housed with smaller fish since it is so shy. Larger fish may prevent it from getting anything to eat. Live rock and sand will help to produce the food that this species prefers. It is an aggressive species and should be housed separately from other conspecifics. A male may even kill a female in a small aquarium.
Reproduction: This species has bred in captivity. The male lures a female back to his nest where eggs are laid and fertilized. The male stays to guard the eggs until hatching.
AKA: Sunrise Dottyback
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