Striped Dottyback (Pseudochromis sankeyi)
Family: Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks)
Natural Range: Red Sea
Depth: 7 to 33 ft. Size: 3 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Crustaceans, small worms
Natural History: The Striped Dottyback is found in large loose groups on reef faces and slopes, under ledges and in recesses. It has been observed in large groups of over 50 fish. This species of dottyback may mimic the Striped Eel Catfish, which has venomous spines.
Husbandry: The Striped Dottyback is a hardy aquarium fish. Even though it is social on the reef, severe aggression has been found in aquaria with multiple Striped Dottybacks. It may be aggressive toward other smaller tankmates. It should be housed with other conspecifics only in very large aquaria. It should only be housed in a covered aquarium since it is a good jumper.
AKA: Sankey's Dottyback, Striped Pseudochromis
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