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Strawberry Purple Dotty back fish - Pseudochromis porphyreus - Magenta Dottyback - Purple Dottyback - Strawberry Dottyback Fish

Strawberry Purple Dotty back fish - Pseudochromis porphyreus - Magenta Dottyback - Purple Dottyback - Strawberry Dottyback Fish
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Minimum tank size:
20 Gallon
Maximum size:
2.4 inches
Reef compatibility:
Carnivore, Pellet, Meaty
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The popular Purple Pseudochromis (also known as the Purple Dottyback) is bright solid purple. Pseudochromis (also known as Dottybacks) are among the hardiest fish available and are very easy to maintain. This little beauty can be aggressive toward other fish small mild mannered species, especially in the restricted confines of a smaller tank. Provide with plenty of suitable hiding places. Sizes Around 3/4"-2"

The Purple Pseudochromis, a.k.a. Strawberry Gramma or Magenta Dottyback, is colored in a solid bright purple color. These fish make tremendous additions to reef tanks. They prefer lots of rockwork and do well in a community tank. Keep only one per tank and do not mix with other Basslets or Dottybacks.

The family of Dottybacks are well known for their elusive nature. These fish tend to stay within their crevice or cave until it is time to feed. Their color is usually quite dramatic and they are capable of changing their sex. When eggs are laid the males are known to pick up the eggs with their mouths in order to keep them aerated.

Like most pseudochromines, this species does well in the reef aquarium. It is a small fish with a rock-associated lifestyle, so you may not see it as often as some other species. It generally mixes well with other fish, providing they are not too aggressive. However, since it is territorial and potentially aggressive towards similar-looking species, it would be best to keep just a single specimen. Don't house it alongside the similar, but more peaceful, P. fridmani... Sometimes the odd fish will become hyperdominant, so this is a species that needs keeping an eye on.

General Size: Strawberry Purple Dotty back fish is about 6cm/2.5" or less.

Habitat: Range in Nature Western and South Pacific

Tank Conditions: pH 8.3, 24-26C, 35 ppt salinity.

Feeding and Diet: Initially a little tricky to get feeding, but once acclimated to aquarium life it will accept most foods, including frozen artemia and mysis and dried flakes. Will eat very small shrimps (e.g., anemone shrimps) Provide a varied diet including meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, finely chopped seafood's and frozen preparations.

Breeding: Pairs form through protogynous hermaphroditism. Females can undergo sex reversal to become male. If you have a large tank you could try to get a pair by starting off with a couple of fish of unequal size. However, this is an aggressive fish with its own kind, so you must have plenty of space to make this viable. Ball of eggs laid in a small cave or rock crevice are guarded by the male. Fry require a diet of rotifers.

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