|Latin name||Manonichthys alleni - Gill, 2004|
|Common name||Sabah dottyback|
|Family||Pseudochromidae - Manonichthys|
|Max length||5.1 cm (2.0")|
As aquarium fish
Jumps out of open aquaria
This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.
Thrive best on their own
These fish flourish better without other members of the same species in the aquarium.
Requires a varied diet
This species must be fed with an appropriately varied diet.
This species can change gender from female to male.
When a male is needed, a female changes sex and takes on the role.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
Can coexist as a pair
They can live as a pair provided they are introduced simultaneously.
Can be aggressive
This species can be aggressive when kept together with fish that are very similar, or if they are not provided with adequate space.
There is two variants of this species, one with a white tail as the one in the picture.
The other variant is yellow on the lower part of the body and has a yellow caudal fin.
This species is recognized by the red spots on the pelvic fins.
Family description (Pseudochromidae)
Dottybacks (Pseudochromidae) are often very colourful, rather hardy and relatively small, typically under 4 inch (10 cm). These fish can be distinguished from other fish by looking at the shape of the eye, see for example the picture of this: Labracinus cyclophthalmus.
They can be quite aggressive towards other fish, if they are kept together with more docile species or if there is not enough space. They are especially aggressive towards fish that resemble themselves or Wrasses, as in the wild, Wrasses will go after their eggs.
If their aggressive behaviour is dealt with, they can be suitable to smaller aquaria. Their aggressive behaivour can be remedied by keeping them together with other aggressive or larger species as for example: Hawkfish, Surgeonfish, Rabbitfish, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Clown/ Damselfish or Pufferfish.
Dottybacks will compete for food with other fish which eat zooplankton off the rocks. Mandarinfish and similar species can find it difficult to get enough food if kept together with Dottybacks.
One could consider the Gramma species, if one wishes a similar fish which is more peaceful.
|Distribution||Western Pacific: Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.|
References and further reading
Henry C. Schultz. 2002. The Dottybacks - Reefkeeping - (English)
Scott W. Michael. 2001. Basslets, Dottybacks & Hawkfishes: v. 2 (Reef Fishes) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. The Dottybacks, Family Pseudochromidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Collection of links to additional information - Wet Web Media - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|hermaphroditic, pair couple|