Royal Dottyback (Pictichromis paccagnellae)
Family: Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 3 to 230 ft. Size: 2 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 10+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Plankton, benthic crustaceans
Natural History: The Royal Dottyback is found on reef slopes and the bases of dropoffs. It often hides in crevices created by rock and coral. It is most often observed singly, with individuals scattered throughout the slopes and walls, no closer than 6 or 7 feet apart from one another.
Husbandry: The Royal Dottyback is one of the most aggressive dottyback species. It will harass all types of peaceful tankmates such as 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 - a varied diet may help prevent this. It is strongly advised that this species be housed singly.
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