Springer’s Dottyback is originally from the Red Sea, but the specimens sold here are captive-bred by ORA. This fish displays an entrancing black and blue coloration. Most of the body is black with some vibrant blue markings and spots around the face and first half of the body. The coloration is stunning, and the fish is always showing off its beauty as it swims around rocks. It is an active fish with an elegant swimming pattern and a distinct personality as well. Springer’s Dottyback is certainly a fun fish to have. The ideal aquarium for this fish is a tank at least thirty gallons with plenty of rock work filled with lots of caves and tunnels for the fish to swim in. They are great for reef aquariums, especially because they can be used to keep down bristle worm populations. Unless you have a large aquarium or a pair of Springeri Dottybacks, it is best to keep these fish singly. They can be aggressive towards other fish, but that’s mostly with other fish of their species. They are hardy and easy to care for, making them a great option for both new and experienced hobbyists.
Purchase Size: 1.25 – 1.5″
Feeding: Carnivore. Feed meaty foods. If you can, feed live foods for a healthier, more vibrant fish. Feed once per day.
Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Reef safe: Yes
Color: Black body with blue markings around the head
Springer’s Dottyback is already a fantastic fish, but what makes the specimens sold here even better is that they are captive-bred by ORA. Captive-bred fish are hardier, more disease resilient, better able to handle the stress of shipping, and better adapted to aquarium life than their wild-caught counterparts. By purchasing captive-bred fish such as this one, you are discouragin the harmful wild-caught trade while supporting the captive-bred industry, making our wonderful hobby more sustainable.