Splendid Dottyback (Manonichthys splendens)

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Reef Safe: Yes
Care: Easy
Diet: Carnivore

The Splendid Dottyback, also known as the Splendid Pseudochromis is an ornate fish boasting beautiful coloration and intricate markings. A warm, peach coloration washes over the body, providing the perfect complement for the lovely yellow coloration that highlights the tail and face of the Splendid Dottyback. A geometric, checkerboard pattern decorates the body as well as the dorsal and anal fins to dramatic effect. The black stripe that runs vertically across the eyes forms a handsome mask that harmonizes wonderfully with the black stripe echoed through the pectoral fins.

A 30-gallon or larger established aquarium aquascaped liberally with live rock provides a good environment for the Splendid Dottyback. Demonstrating strong territorial behavior, the Splendid Dottyback will not shy away from other fish as it defend its territory, even against fish two to three times its size. This species may be territorial in smaller aquarium setups, so it is best to house the Splendid Dottyback in a larger setup with larger tank mates. The Splendid Dottyback is an active fish with a hearty appetite and will not pass the opportunity to feed on crustaceans including small ornamental shrimp.

The Splendid Dottyback should be fed a varied diet consisting of foods specifically designed for carnivores. If kept in a reef aquarium, the Splendid Dottyback should be fed once per day.

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