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Orchid Dottyback

 
3" semi-aggressive fish that requires 30 gallons and lots of hiding places. Will eat most prepared foods. Requires good water quality to thrive.


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Comments I really don't have enough good things to say about this fish. It's easy to keep, getting along well with most other fish. Conspecifics and like colored fish excluded. It eats prepared foods readily and mine will even come and take food from my hand. It's not very large, mine is only a couple of inches long so it can be kept in a smaller tank. I don't recommend any smaller than 30 gallons because when it does come out it swims quite fast and it also likes plenty of caves in the rock. Mine will go into the rock at one end of the tank and come out on the opposite end.

The only time it is at all aggressive is when another fish is in its cave at the same time it is. I've had some fish that stake out a cave and even if they aren't in it no other fish can enter. These fish will zip over to defend the bit of land regardless of where they are. The Orchid Dottyback does not have this habit and seems to me to be a rather easy going fish.

One of the things I really like about it is that it's a brightly colored fish for not too much money. Mine was $29 at one of the local stores here in Arizona. Mine is also an ORA bred fish and as such is very hardy http://www.orafarm.com/products/fish/dottybacks/orchid.html.

I mentioned above that they eat pretty much what the other fish are eating, in my case mostly Formula II. However, for full health the Orchid Dottyback likes mysis, brine, and other little plankton type stuff to munch. I feed mine this sort of thing just once a week and it eats the flake the rest of the time. It is also one of the few fish I have that will take food off the surface of the water as well as from the water column.


Liked about it 1. Bright color
2. Easy to keep
3. Gets along well with most other fish and inverts
4. Totally reef-safe
5. Will feed from my hand


Didn't like 1. Hides a little too much.


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By tcamos
Apr 04, 2011
 
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