With its beautiful vivid color, the Dusky Dottyback makes a beautiful addition to your aquarium. It spends most of its time patrolling open areas of the reef aquarium. Its color ranges from canary yellow to a 'dusky' purple/brown that adds a splash of hues in the tank. It grows up to 4 inches and makes a good addition to smaller aquariums. The Dusky Dottyback need to be added in a tank of minimum 30 gallon, and it won?t be intimidated by other fish and will defend its territory, even against fish of two to three times its size. It may nip over the small ornamental shrimps that makes it reef safe but with caution. The Dusky Dottyback feeds on meaty foods that include brine shrimp and prepared frozen foods, and vitamin enriched diet to maintain the color through out. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Dusky Dottyback is easy to care for and makes it a good choice for a beginner aquarist. The Dusky Dottyback is semi aggressive and territorial at times, and should not be housed with small or docile fishes. It may jump out of the aquarium when frightened and need to be kept in a tightly closed aquarium. The Dusky Dottyback is best to house it with tangs, large damselfish, hawkfish, angelfish, squirrels, parrots and other large fish that are not bullied easily.
Dottybacks are a group of small, colorful basslet-like fish that inhabit the crevices and small caves of the coral reef.Dottybacks can be kept in smaller aquariums, although larger tanks with plenty of live rock are preferable. They are territorial and will defend the area they have claimed as home quite aggressively. Housing several dottybacks depends on the size of the tank and the amount of hiding places available. There is some success with introducing several dottybacks at the same time, this allows each to establish a territory to defend, without giving an advantage to one. Once a dottyback has becomes accustomed to a tank, it is usually difficult to get another introduced without being attacked. Dottybacks vary species by species in aggressiveness, and care should be taken when deciding which to introduce to an aquarium community.Dottybacks are easy to feed, and frozen foods such as Mysid shrimp or Brine shrimp are readily accepted. They are also known to feed on small bristle worms, and have been introduced to tanks to help control excessive bristle worm populations. Aqua-cultured dottybacks are also fed pellet or granulated food.