Orchid dottyback with huge egg ball.

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  1. Chad Vossen

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    Our orchid pair has been spawning, and we finally got them to spawn in the PVC pipe this time.
    Out of all the dottybacks available, these are the least aggressive, and stay pretty small. Easily my favorite out there, and I look forward to having a grow out tank full of them. :)


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    Good luck with them. Did I miss how the Angelfish are doing
     
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    AWESOME, looking forward to seeing them grow. Might want one or two for tanks depending on how big they get.
     
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    Nicely done, they are a very beautiful fish!
     
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    That's the cleanest pvc pipe! GL btw
     
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    Wow.

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    We have another nest hatching tonight.

    I have 100k Parvo naups and rotifers arriving tomorrow as well. Hoping that's enough! :D
     
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    Here's the male guarding his current nest. You can tell he is agitated about me looking in on him. He's a great dad!
    Honestly, I think everyone should have orchid dottybacks. Peaceful, colorful, do well in groups, and reproduce like rabbits! (babies are a great plankton for LPS corals and NPS corals)
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    Do you have larvae growing out
     
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    Yep, we have about 50 that have settled right now, and another 50 that'll settle soon.
     
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    Will these guys go after cleaner shrimp? My shrimp are all about 3", but I read other dottybacks will take out shrimp.
     
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    Will these change sex if you get 2 males/females together? If not, where to get a mated pair? I've never seen a pair on DD.
     
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    I have one in my tank and it doesn't bother my cleaner or peppermint shrimp. I thought i had read not to put them in pairs, if that is not the case, i would love to add another one as they are gorgeous
     
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    They change sex like wrasses do, where they are typically female if they are immature or smaller than the other dottyback they are with. The larger more dominant/aggressive of two specimens will turn male and they will coexist without too much issue as long as there are plenty of hiding spots. About a year ago I had got a pair on DD and also ordered two individuals from LA and got two pairs, and the two from LA weren't too difficult to get paired and the aggression was short lived because there was a clear size difference.
     
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    These dottybacks are not aggressive at all. We have a pair in the 75 gallon and they are always out exploring, though the male disappears for 4 days while guarding eggs.

    They occur in groups in the wild, so keeping several in a tank would be no problem. Typically the male is the larger fish, though my pair has it reversed.

    We will be selling these in about a month, either through the LFS or direct to the club. If you can't wait, I know that SWE keeps them in stock all the time. I got my pair from SWE as well.

    I plan to put 10 or so in my display tank at BRS, as well as a few more in our tanks at home. The rest will be available for between $25-40 depending on how many you order. We'll make a separate sales post later when they are ready to go.
     
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    I have tried them once, maybe twice. Too many tangs around, they hide like a gramma fish for me and fade away. Now, maybe if I put in 10 of them...
     
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    You mean they were too twitchy with tangs as tank mates? I have three tangs in my 140 and these guys sound cool, but don't want to get them if they will not do well with tangs.
     

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