Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
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 this dottyback which should lower the price tag which is currently between $20-$30 USD.
They 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 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 Care
Scientific Name : Pseudochromis sankeyi
Other Common Names : Sankey's Dottyback
Care Level : Easy to moderate
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.
Temperament / Behavior : In the wild they live in small groups and is one of the least aggressive of the dottybacks.
Breeding : Many breeders are tank raising this fish.
Aquarium Size : 30 gallon minimum
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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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.