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Red Dottyback
Labracinus cyclophthalmus
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 4-5.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: Monitor
Diet: Meaty, crustaceans,chopped seafood
Origin: Western Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
  
  

The Red Dottyback fish is found throughout the Indo-Malayam Archipelago, from southern Japan, south to the Northwest Shelf of Australia, and east to New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. They are also commonly known as Red Grouper, Dampiera Dottyback and Fire-tail Devil. The Red Dottyback is a member of the Pseudochromidae family. Attractive in its appearance, this species grows up to 8.5 inches in size. The Red Dottyback fish is recommended not to keep at a tank less than 55 gallons in size. The tank parameters must be kept maintained at a temperate between 75-82 degree Fahrenheit and a pH level between 8.0-8.4. The tank salinity must be kept in between 1.020 to 1.024. This species is usually considered to be reef safe but must be kept with precautions. The Red Dottyback fish needs a tank with plenty of hiding places such as crevices or caves to take refuge or hide when stressed or frightened. The Red Dottyback fish is carnivorous in its diet. They usually take on frozen foods such as brine shrimp. The larger ones of this species may consume larger meaty items like pieces of scallop, clams and many more such items. But the smaller ones must be fed on mysis shrimp, brine shrimp and other such smaller foods. You can also feed them with flake food or pellet food as soon as they adjust in the aquarium in order to supplement their diet and add more variety. The Red Dottyback fish is aggressive in temperament and moderately hardy in stamina. The Red Dottyback fish mix up well with other types of fish as long as they are not disturbed by the other fishes.

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