Diadem Dottyback (Pictichromis diadema)
Family: Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 16 to 82 ft. Size: 2.3 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 10+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Plankton, benthic crustaceans
Natural History: The Diadem Dottyback is found individually and in small groups on reef slopes and the bases of dropoffs. It often hides in crevices created by rock and coral. It has been observed singly, in pairs, and in small groups.
Husbandry: The Diadem Dottyback is a very aggressive species that may harass damsels, fire gobies, gobies, and more. If it is kept with larger angels and tangs it is much less aggressive. This species is prone to color loss where its dorsal purple color fades. It is vulnerable to infection by Uronema which manifests as red body sores. Color variations are common in this species. This species should be housed singly.
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