This magnificent fish has a deep blue, almost violet colored body that is deep and radiant. The face of the fish is a rich yellow that extends down the top of the fish as a stripe. This combination of colors creates a fish that is truly amazing to look at. Although the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA, they are originally found in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The broodstock from ORA originates from Egyptian waters. The ORA specimens display the bluest coloration available in the industry. They are best kept in aquariums with plenty of rock work filled with caves, holes, and crevasses. Sunrise Dottybacks are moderately aggressive, but can be kept with gobies, blennies, and other small reef fish. Speaking of reefs, they make great reef fish, especially because they can help eliminate bristle worms, mantis shrimp, and other small pest crustaceans. They are best kept singly, but multiple can be kept in one aquarium if it is large enough and if they are added at the same time. This fish is easy to feed and easy to care for.
Purchase Size: 1.25 – 1.5″
Feeding: Carnivore. Feed meaty 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
Reef safe: Yes
Color: Blue body with horizontal yellow stripe running from below the mouth to the tail
The wild-caught trade has negative impacts on the ocean because of the methods of collection. Thankfully, there are many captive-bred fish available from ORA as an alternative to wild-caught fish. By purchasing captive-bred fish such as this Sunrise Dottyback, you are helping the ocean by discouraging the wild-caught trade while supporting the captive-bred industry, making our beautiful hobby more sustainable. Captive-bred fish are also hardier, more disease resilient, better able to handle the stress of shipping, and better adapted to aquarium life than their wild-caught counterparts.