The Orchid Fridmani Dottyback is a brilliant magenta color and has a striking presence.
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.
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 Mysis 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.
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.
I honestly expected a much darker more purple fish. This is a beautiful fish, but be advised they are more silver/lavender unless under deep blue lighting. That said my fish arrived healthy, is eating and is a great addition to my little reef.
Whenever possible I try to order captive bred fish however, and perhaps it's just my opinion, but it seems as if the captive bred Orchid Dottybacks are not nearly as deeply colored as the wild caught ones. Still, he's a great fish; model citizen, no aggression towards any other fish in the tank. He hid for two days but is now out and about all the time.
Although beautiful to look at, I find mine to be so shy and timid that it spends hours hiding in rocks. I barely see him!
I would give this fish a higher rating (because it is lovely to look at) had it been more sociable and outgoing. i find this fish very shy and timid. It hid for the longest time that I was certain it died. I was shocked when he finally came out of hiding! It's a bottom dweller.