Scientific Name Pseudochromis fridmani
Common Names Orchid, Purple, Magenta and Strawberry Dottyback
Care Level Easy to moderate
Life span 5 - 7 years, possibly longer
Size Up to 3 inches (8 cm)
Specific Gravity 1.023 - 1.025
pH 8.1 - 8.4
Temperature 74°F - 82°F (22°C - 28°C)
Carbonate Hardness (dKH) 8 - 12°
Origin / Habitat tank raised is becoming more common. Western Pacific
Temperament / Behavior Can be aggressive when defending his territory and should only keep one to a tank.
Breeding / Mating / Reproduction Breeding has been successful in large marine systems
Tank Size 30 gal. minimum
Compatible Tank Mates Avoid keeping them in an marine tank with predatory fish large enough to eat them. Also avoid Grammas, gobies (Fire, Nemateleotris), Wrasses, Anthias, and more. They are feisty little fish.
Diet / Fish Carnivore... but try to give them a variety of foods. They eat flake foods, frozen meaty, small crustaceans, worms, zooplankton and live foods.
Tank Region Middle to bottom
Gender Difficult to determine
General Information An awesome fish that would add color and movement to the proper marine system. They are feisty buggers and will chase fish larger then they are but that's really about it, just deffending their territory. They are not a shy fish but do need caves and a hiding spots. They are expensive but if your pocket can afford one...well worth it.