Sunrise Dottyback


Pseudochromis flavivertex

Sunrise Dottybacks are another brightly colored basslet found in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Our broodstock originates from Egyptian waters.

They have a dorsal yellow stripe from the snout to the tail, and have a blue/pink body with white ventral area. They are found living as solitary individuals around coral heads and rock rubble on the bottom.

Generally, they are moderately aggressive in aquariums and can be kept with gobies, blennies, and other small reef fish. Plenty of rocky hiding places should be provided. Feeding is simple, as they will accept most prepared frozen or dry aquarium foods.

Some aquarists report there are color differences between the male and female Sunrise Dottyback. Although there are color variations in this species, we have not linked these to sex identification.

P. flavivertex spawns every 8-10 days, eggs hatch in 4 days and are larvae complete metamorphosis in 24-28 days. Single spawns may contain up to 500 eggs.

How We House Our Fish

All of our fish are housed in dedicated captive bred fish systems. Each of these systems is dedicated to a single breeder and used to house the captive bred fish we receive from them. Great care is taken to ensure these systems do not get cross contaminated. We only introduce new fish into these systems when receiving an order from that system's breeder.

We do this as it allows us to ensure our fish are pest free without the need for medications. However, should any pest turn up we can and will medicate these systems.

Medicating fish

Medicating fish is hard on them and diminishes their overall health. While medicating is a good precaution to take with all wild fish, captive bred fish from a trusted breeder can forgo medications and ultimately will be much healthier because of it.

That being said, when exposed to a tank where pests are already present, likely from an unmedicated wild fish being in the tank, these captive bred fish are by no means immune and can be infected. So it's important that all wild fish introduced to your system go through a proper quarantine.

Observation and Inspection

Upon arrival all of our fish go through an observation period of one to two weeks, depending on how long their journey to our facility was. During the observation period, the fish are inspected to ensure they are eating, aren't showing any visible signs of stress or pests, and otherwise look healthy. If they pass our inspection, they will be made available on our website.