The Purpleback Pseudochromis, also known as Diadem Dottyback or Diadem Pseudochromis, is primarily yellow with a purple stripe running the length of the body along the dorsal fin. It is quite famous for its ability to consume and control bristle worms in the aquarium. The Purpleback Pseudochromis needs about 3+ hours for acclimation and is considered as a very good reef or community fish. It is very easy to maintain and is considered as one of the hardiest fish. The Purpleback Pseudochromis is great for reef tanks and makes a great addition to it. This little beauty can be aggressive towards other smaller fishes in the tank, hence should be kept singly and should not be mixed with other Basslets or Dottybacks. The Purpleback Pseudochromis should be provided with ample rock work, and small caves of the coral reef where it loves to inhabit, preferably in larger tanks. If you wish to have a group of this little beauty in your mini tank, introduce all the Purpleback Pseudochromis fishes at the same time so that they get along well with each other at the time of acclimatizing. The Purpleback Pseudochromis can be fed with frozen foods such as Mysis shrimp or Brine shrimp which are readily accepted by this beautiful fish. The Purpleback Pseudochromis looks stunning in any tank with their dramatic coloration. It is capable of changing sex, and when the eggs are laid, the male is known to carry these eggs on its mouth to keep it aerated.
The Purpleback Pseudochromis, a.k.a. Skunkback Pseudochromis, is colored in bright yellow with a majenta back stretching from its mouth to the end of its dorsal. 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.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.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.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, Edward Wargo