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Old 08-25-2012, 09:29 PM   #11
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It's a purple dottyback (pseudochromis).
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:48 PM   #12
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They too can be bossy. As far as the shrimp dispute I've heard many different things about the coral banded shrimp. Kinda hit and miss depending on food and tank size I guess. That's why I got a cleaner shrimp. He is AWESOME and doesn't pick on anything or anyone in my tank. I also have peppermint shrimp and they are fine together.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:15 AM   #13
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It's a purple dottyback (pseudochromis).
Same thing, there is an orchid dotty back that is supposed to be nicer that looks exactly the same except it has a line through its eye, though I have never seen the orchid dotty back for sale anywhere.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:44 AM   #14
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Also cleaner shrimp don't eat ick. Only the cysts the parasite makes when bursting itself. It would have to rip the dish open to get to the parasite.
+1... Huge myth. Needs to stop being rumored.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:44 AM   #15
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+1... Huge myth. Needs to stop being rumored.
I also had a bad coral banded it was fine when it was small but it got pretty big after a year a finally caught a fish also had a sally lightfoot catch and eat a fish they have big pinchers for a reason not decoration lol
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:01 AM   #16
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Great imput! It sounds like our purple dottyback could be on the aggressive side to other fish that we may purchase in the future. He seems fine right now with the clowns and chromis. We'd like to get 2 more of the blue/green chromis, for a small school and a pair of cleaner shrimp.

Do you have suggestions for other future reef safe fish purchases that the purple dottyback won't bother?
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2 clowns, 3 chromis, and 1 purple dottyback in a 45 gallon is getting fairly close to stocked IMO. Maybe throw a little tailspot blenny in there and be done with it? What do u have for your CUC?
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Right now, our clean up crew consists of a few snails that were moved over during our upgrade: a few dwarf ceriths, 3 banded trochus, 3 nasarius, and a few dwarf planaxis
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Would the purple dottyback be too aggressive with a blenny or goby/pistol shrimp pair?
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It's hard to say, I added a few fish after my dotty back/basslet , he terrorized a six line wrasse, but left a pair of clowns and the purple fire goby alone.
And if the dotty back is fairly new itself, adding new fish might go better. He may not have a chance to figure out and claim the tank as his yet if he's been in there for less than a month.
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