Red Elongated Dottyback (Pseudochromis elongatus)

Red Elongated Dottyback (Pseudochromis elongatus)


  • Family: Pseudochromidae
  • Origin: Indonesia
  • Max. Size: 2½”
  • Color Form: Black, Orange, Pink
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025


The Red Elongated Dottyback is a treasured find for both reef hobbyists and marine fish-keepers. Sporadic appearances in the aquarium hobby kept the Red Elongated Dottyback in relative obscurity. However, its many desirable traits got out quickly, making the Red Elongated Dottyback a highly-sought-after Pseudochromis. The most obvious trait is its exquisite beauty. Boasting smoldering gradients of vibrant red and orange coloration, the Red Elongated Dottyback injects bold color to the marine aquarium. For many hobbyists, the exciting fiery red, rust, ox blood, and persimmon coloration alone makes the Red Elongated Dottyback highly desirable. But more notable is its relative peaceful demeanor compared to other dottybacks. Though less aggressive, the Red Elongated Dottyback is not a skittish fish. Once adjusted to its new environment, the Red Elongated Dottyback will spend time in the open to explore. This diminutive dottyback poses minimal threat to crustaceans and ornamental shrimp making it an excellent candidate for reef aquariums of all sizes.

The ideal setup for the Red Elongated Dottyback will be an established saltwater aquarium of at least 30 gallons in size aquascaped liberally with generous amounts of live rock. Create ample crevices and caves for the Red Elongated Dottyback. Similar to other Dottyback species, it is recommended to house the Red Elongated Dottyback singly unless the aquarium is very large.

The diet of the Red Elongated Dottyback consists of meaty foods including vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp as well as other prepared frozen foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4″ to 2-1/4″


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