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Old 09-18-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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Royal Gramma | Royal Dotty Back - Differences?

Hi Guys,
I ordered in a Royal Gramma from my LFS. When I went in, they advised me they had ordered the wrong kind... (Royal Dotty Back). I haven't made a decision as to whether I want to take the Dotty Back over the Gramma. But I was hoping someone knew the differences.

The main difference I have noticed is that the Gramma's colours "fade".
Whereas the Dotty Back's colours are more of a sharp line.


Are there any differences between the two?
-Diet
-Compatibilty
-Tank Size
-Rarity
-$$
-Species (IE Basslet)


I have spent ages googling this, but can't find any real destinctions, other than you can't keep them both together.


Thanks in advance guys.
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They are 2 different species, but have similar requirements. The dottyback is more aggressive tho.

Royal Dottyback - Pseudochromis paccagnella
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Bicolor Pseudochromis

Royal Gramma - Gramma loreto
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Definitely more aggressive. If your "my tanks" is correct and you only have a 5g and 10g, I would NOT get the dottyback unless that will be your only fish.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:57 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply's.

After visiting the marine aquarium, I have found that the gramma is three times the price of the dottyback! They have a black spot on their fin, and a stripe across their eye, the dottyback doesn't.

I need to upgrade my profile, but I am about to start cycling my 40g marine tank with dry/wet trickle system, and he's going to hold the gramma as long as I need.
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