Bicolour Dottyback

Bicolour Dottyback MED

Yellow Dottyback - Medium

Yellow Dottyback - Medium

Bicolour Dottyback MED

Pseudochromis Paccagnellae

The Bicolour Dottyback is a very bright eye catching fish which has a bright purple front half and a bright yellow back half of it's body.

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Bicolour Dottyback


Its’ habitat spreads from shallow coastal reefs to deep reef drop-offs further out. They are usually found in abundant areas of coral or around coral rubble, either on their own or in small scattered groups. In an aquarium environment, there should be plenty of hiding places available which Dottybacks will defend against any intruders.

Bicolour Dottyback instigates reproduction with the male performing a mating dance outside his cave. If the female accepts the males’ dance she will enter the cave. The female will lay eggs which the male fertilizes. The egg sack is stuck to the inside of the males’ cave and he will guard the eggs, even keeping the female away from them.

Bicolour Dottybacks grow to the greatest length of around 8 centimetres (3 inches) in the wild, but in captivity, 6 cm (2.5 inches) is more usual.

Tank Recommendations for Bicolour Dottyback

The smallest recommended tank size is 114 litres (30 gallons). The tank should not be in direct sun or other harsh light.

Suitable Tank Buddies

This fish can be very territorial and will fish with fish several times its size and has been knowing to fight to the death with similar-looking fish.

Usually Compatible

Dottybacks are compatible with Hawkfish. Damsels, Angels, Squirrels, Parrots and Clownfish. It is usually best if the Dottyback is added to the tank last and it’s preferable to house them with fish that will not get bullied easily.

Sometime Compatible

Non-aggressive fish such as Blennies, Gobies and small wrasses will be targeted and harassed by Dottybacks. Adding Dottybacks to peaceful aquariums will cause problems for more timid fish which reside there.

Rarely Compatible

Avoid Anglers, Frogs, Anthias, Eels and Hogfish.

Feeding Your Bicolour Dottyback

Bicolour Dottybacks are carnivores. They can eat a mixture of prepared frozen foods and meaty foods such as brine and mysis shrimp.

Prepared colour enhancing foods or food containing carotenoids such as krill are beneficial for maintaining perfect colouration.

Feed them several times a day, to a fixed schedule if possible.

More Information
Scientific Name Pseudochromis Paccagnellae
Care Level Easy
Common Names Royal Dottyback, False Gramma, Bicolour Dottyback
Diet Carnivore
Fish Family Pseudochromidae
Lifespan (years) 5
Max. Length (cm) 8
Min. Tank Volume (l) 114
Origin The Pacific region from Indonesia, around Jave & Sulawesi, to Australia, Vanuato and Micronesia
Reef Safe Yes
Sociability Semi-aggressive
Venomous No
Water Conditions 22-26° C (72-78° F), dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025.
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