Strawberry Dottyback - Pictichromis porphyrea

SKU: 213545
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: F91 0007 0056

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The Strawberry Dottyback (Pictochromis porphyrea) is also known as the Magenta Dottyback. It has a bright, solid-colored magenta body. They may be easily confused with the Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani), but the Strawberry Dottyback has clear fins. This fish was formerly known as Pseudochromis porphyrea and may still be referred to by this name in some references.

Dottybacks are popular and hardy aquarium fish that range greatly in size, temperament and coloration. Most come from the genus Pseudochromis (and the term Dottyback is often used interchangeably with Pseudochromis) but several other smaller genuses can also be found, including the new genus Pictichromis which contains the very common and popular Strawberry Dottyback (P. porphyrea), Diadema Dottyback (P. diadema) and the Bicolor Dottyback (P. paccagnallae).

Most species will normally accept frozen foods like brine shrimp and krill soon after acclimating to the home aquarium. Larger species may accept larger meaty items like pieces of scallop, shrimp, clams and similar items while smaller species should be given brine shrimp, mysis shrimp and other smaller foods. Flake food or pellet food can be added once the fish has become established in the aquarium to supplement their diet and add more variety.

Dottybacks are territorial fish, and should only be kept one to a tank. They will get along with all other types of fish as long as their home "territory" is not disturbed by other fish although some species can become very large and aggressive. They also need plenty of hiding places to feel comfortable. They are ideal for reef aquariums, although they may try to eat small ornamental shrimp like Sexy Shrimp (Thor sp.) and Anemone Shrimp (Periclimenes sp.). Some dottybacks, especially several from the Pseudochromis genus, are well known and sought after for their habit of eating nuisance Bristleworms.


F91 0007 0056
That Fish Place
Common NameStrawberry Dottyback
Scientific NamePictichromis porphyrea
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)2.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)20
Originwestern Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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strawberry dottyback


i just added one to my 65 gallon tank and i love it brings color to my tank

Strawberry Dottyback Terror


I just got my Strawberry Dottyback from That Fish Place a week ago. He has non-stop been attacking my clown fish pair and driving my wrasse to suicide. These fish are nice colors but they are the Osama Bin Laden of fish.