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Saltwater Aquarium Fish: How to Care for Bicolor Dottyback

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Having decided to have an aquarium an enthusiast may decide to have two tanks, one for the saltwater fish and one for the freshwater fish. It's a great hobby and will give you endless hours of satisfaction if you cultivate them. For the saltwater tank, the best fish to populate is the Bicolor Dottyback. This fish is also referred to as Bicolor Pseudochromis. Saltwater aquarium's beauty is enhanced by this beautiful fish. With its vibrant colors, this fish is a prized possession for a home aquarium. It is a beautiful fish to adorn any saltwater aquarium. It is a tropical fish and its habitat is the warm waters of the oceans that touch Malaysia and Indonesia. There is no way that you can arrange to populate the aquarium with this fish on your own and you will have to buy it from a shop. It is available in fish shops in the USA.

This fish has some of the brightest colors. Two colors stand out namely purple and yellow. In a home aquarium, they will be star attractions. The fish is a creation of nature and the colors yellow and purple merge at the center of the fish's body. It is also not a tiny fish but if well looked after and it can reach a length of 3 inches and that is pretty big for a home aquarium.

For a connoisseur who is keen on a saltwater aquarium keeping the Dottyback is a good choice. The best part is that even a beginner can easily look after this Fish. The fish is hardy and resilient and has the ability to survive easily. Another plus point is the lifespan of the fish which is nearly 5 years but the clue is that it has to be looked after well, which means looking after the quality of the water and giving it a proper diet.


The bicolour Dottyback

Bear in mind that the Dottyback is a pretty aggressive fish and you will need at least a medium-sized water tank. It won't be comfortable in a small tank. The Bicolor fish has a God-given characteristic and once you get to know about it, you will be absolutely thrilled. It has the capacity to change its gender from male to female and vice-versa. This is something unique. Thus 2 Dottybacks in a water tank are easy to breed and you can be sure that this will be a matter of great thrill for a hobbyist.

The bicolor Dottyback does not however need a very large tank. A 30-gallon water tank will serve the purpose. The purpose of a larger tank will help in keeping the anger of the fish under control. In case you don't have a very big water tank then the best thing would be to populate your aquarium with fewer fish so that the Dottyback has more space to play.

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Cultivating the Dotty Back

The aquarium enthusiast while setting up the water tank must use imagination. Just as an artist uses his imagination so must a hobbyist. He must create lots of hiding spots, rocks, crevices, and caves structures in the tank so that the Dottyback has its own territory. The lighting needs to be diffused as a strong light irritates the bicolor Dotty Back.

The diet of the fish will need special attention. It is a carnivorous fish and you can feed it brine shrimps, Mysis shrimps, krill’s, squid, and crabs, Feeding the fish with a proper diet is essential as otherwise, the fish's start to lose their vibrant colors. It’s important to keep the diet varied. You will be able to buy these packs from your local fish store.

As already pointed out the bicolor Dottyback is apt to get angry. Thus its tankmates must be chosen carefully. Try and populate the aquarium with fewer fish. It is advisable to keep large damsels, tangs, angelfish, and hawkfish along with the Dottyback. These fishes can withstand the anger of a bicolor Dottyback. The fish tank needs to be maintained at a temperature of about 22-26 degrees Celsius, as it’s a fish from the tropics. It’s a carnivorous fish and needs a diet accordingly.

Breeding the bicolor Dottyback is great fun and the hobbyist can observe how the fish change sex to breed. This is something unique.


MG Singh (author) from UAE on July 13, 2021:

Thank you Bill for your comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 13, 2021:

Passing this along to my nephew who has this hobby. Thanks for the information.

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