Aquarium Fish

Striped Dottyback

Striped Dottyback Information - Also known as Sankey's Dottyback, the black and white Striped Dottyback comes from the shallower areas of the Red Sea. Many breeders are now tank raising the striped dottyback which should lower the price tag which is currently between $20-$30 USD.

Striped Dottybacks live in small groups in the wild so it may be possible to keep more than one in your tank if you introduce them at the same time. They are one of the least aggressive of the dottybacks so keeping multiples may be acceptable. Hiding places in the form of live rock or caves of some kind are recommended to make them feel more secure.

This Striped Dottyback is primarily carnivorous so you should try to supplement their diet with live or frozen foods such as shrimp or krill. They will go after vitamin enriched flakes and small pellets. We've never witnessed it, but it has been reported that they go after bristle worms too.

Striped Dottyback Pictures

Striped Dottyback Pseudochromis sankeyi

Sankey's Dottyback Video

Striped Dottyback Care

Scientific Name : Pseudochromis sankeyi

Other Common Names : Sankey's Dottyback

Care Level : Easy to moderate

Striped Dottyback Life span : 3 - 5 years, possibly longer

Size : Up to 3 inches (8 cm)

pH : 8.1 - 8.4

Temperature : 72°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C)

Specific Gravity : 1.020 - 1.025

Carbonate Hardness (dKH) : 8 - 12°

Origin / Habitat : In shallow waters in the Red Sea. Tank raised are becoming more common.

Striped Dottyback Temperament / Behavior : In the wild they live in small groups and is one of the least aggressive of the dottybacks.

Striped Dottyback Breeding : Many breeders are tank raising this fish.

Aquarium Size : 30 gallon minimum

Striped Dottyback Tank Mates : Avoid keeping them in an aquarium with Lionfish, Snappers, Groupers, Triggers, Eels or any other predatory fish large enough to eat them. If you want to have multiple striped dottybacks in the same tank, it is important to introduce them at the same time to avoid aggression.

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Striped Dottyback Diet / Foods : Primarily a carnivore but try to give them a variety of foods. They will take vitamin enriched flake foods, frozen and definitely live foods. Shrimp and/or frozen or live foods should be given to supplement their diet.

Tank Region : Middle to bottom, like to hide in live rock.

Gender : We don't know of any external markings that could be used to identify male from female. Females can change to males, but not the other way around.

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