The Neon Dottyback has colors that are as striking as its personality. It has a bright orange body with a blue neon stripe running horizontally from the head to the tail. There are also a few neon blue stripes on the face and gill covers. The Neon Dottyback is hardy and easy to care for. The ideal aquarium for this fish is one with lots of rockwork filled with caves, tunnels, and crevasses. Because this fish is on the aggressive side, it is recommended that you keep it with other aggressive fish rather than peaceful fish. If you insist on keeping it with some peaceful fish, be sure to add the Dottyback last, as this will decrease the chances for aggression and issues with territoriality. They can be kept in pairs, but outside of that should be kept singly unless kept in a large aquarium. Be careful when keeping these fish with small shrimp as they tend to target and eat them. Their appetite for crustaceans makes them a great method for eliminating bristle worms.
- Feeding: Carnivore. Feed meaty foods. For better coloration feed vitamin-rich foods. If you can, feed live foods for a healthier more vibrant fish.
- Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Reef safe: With caution
- Color: Orange with neon blue stripes
The Neon Dottyback is one of many captive-bred fish from ORA. Captive-bred fish are easier to care for because of their increased hardiness and resilience to disease. The purchase of captive-bred fish also helps the ocean by discouraging the harmful wild-caught trade. The Neon Dottyback was once commonly collected in the Persian Gulf, but it is now rare to see a specimen from the wild. The majority of Neon Dottybacks available to aquarium hobbyists are captive-bred.