The Indigo Dottyback is a striking Pseudochromis that boasts a respected lineage of two marine aquarium favorites. The Indigo Dottyback is a hybrid between the Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani
) and the Striped Dottyback (Pseudochromis sankeyi
). The resulting offspring are beautifully colored fish sporting a soothing indigo coloration. At first glance, the Indigo Dottyback looks as though it takes after the brilliantly-colored Orchid Dottyback (appearing more like an exciting color morph of the Orchid Dottyback rather than a hybrid). However, upon closer examination, traits of the Striped Dottyback can be seen. Though the dominant stripe running parallel to the lateral line is greatly subdued, the Indigo Dottyback exhibits the same dark stripe that runs the entire ventral length of the Striped Dottyback. The unique indigo coloration and the dark graphic stripe add distinction to this wonderful captive-bred hybrid. LiveAquaria® is proud to offer the Indigo Dottyback as another choice in our growing selection of aquacultured and captive-bred aquatic life.
The ideal setup for the Indigo Dottyback will be an established saltwater aquarium of at least 30 gallons in size aquascaped liberally with generous amounts of live rock. Create ample crevices and caves for the Indigo Dottyback to explore, claim or seek refuge. Similar to other Dottyback species, it is recommended to house the Indigo Dottyback singly unless the aquarium is very large. It is reputed that the mild-mannered Indigo Dottyback poses minimal threat to crustaceans and ornamental shrimp making it an excellent candidate for reef aquariums.
The diet of the Indigo Dottyback consists of meaty foods including vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp as well as other prepared frozen foods.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-3/4"; Medium: 1-3/4" to 2-1/2"