Vanunta Pseudochromis (Cypho purpurascens)
Family: Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 15 to 45 ft. Size: 3 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Crustaceans, bristleworm, zooplankton
Natural History: The Vanunta Pseudochromis is found in tidepools rich in coral growth. It is often observed hiding in and darting about the surface of the rubble and coral. Most Vanunta Dottybacks have a large eyespot on the dorsal fin but some variants do not. Males are bright orange while females are yellow.
Husbandry: The Vanunta 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. It should also not be housed with other red fishes which it will most likely attack. In large reef systems with plenty of live rock it may cohabitate well with other dottybacks but it should be housed singly in a small system.
AKA: Oblique-lined Dottyback
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