Scientific Name:
Pictichromis porphyrea
Other Common Names for the Strawberry Dottyback:
Magenta Dottyback - Purple Dottyback - Purple Pseudochromis


Strawberry Dottybacks can be found from the Philippines to Samoa, extending north to the Ryukyu Islands and south to the Moluccas and Admiralty Islands. These members of the Pseudochromidae family appear very similar to the well-known Orchid Dottyback, but Strawberry Dottybacks lack the dark line that runs from the nose, over the eye. The Strawberry Dottyback also appears more of a pink color than the darker purple of the Orchid. These fish grow up to 3 inches long and require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons.


Strawberry Dottybacks are carnivores. They feed primarily on crustaceans in the wild, but will also eat brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp, pellets, krill, flake foods, and frozen meaty preparations.


As stated earlier, this fish can reach up to 3 inches and requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons. The Strawberry Dottyback can be a bit shy at first, so it will appreciate any crevices and caves in your rockwork to hide in. As they get comfortable, they will swim out in the open. Although they are not as aggressive as most dottyback species, they are prone to attacking tank mates that are similar in shape, size, color, or habits, especially more peaceful species introduced to the tank after they get comfortable. If you intend to keep fish - especially a dottyback, a netted lid is recommended.


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Michelle Villeneuve

Michelle Villeneuve

Can you mix Dottybacks with the same specimen?

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