McCulloch‘s Dottyback (Cypho purpurascens)

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McCulloch‘s Dottyback

Cypho purpurascens

114 Litres (30 US G.)

7.6-10.2cm (3-4 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

7-10 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

McCulloch's Dottyback, Oblique-lined Dottyback

Origin[edit | edit source]

Reefs in the coral sea

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The males have an elongated, bright red body with purple accents on both the fins, and the edge of its scales. The females also have an elongated body, but their coloration ranges from purple within the head area, to red, and yellow towards the tail.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Semi-aggressive; could be tyrants to conspecifics; one pair per tank unless tank is very large

Diet[edit | edit source]

Carnivorous, will ignore invertebrates, and can be possible bristleworm control

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed several times a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Reef tank

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Be careful of tankmates selected as they might be bullied

Identification[edit | edit source]

Is red, with blue edging for males, purple with yellow tail in females

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