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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pseudochromis diadema (also referenced as Pictichromis diadema)
      Max. size: 6.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 5 - 30 m
      Distribution: Western Central Pacific = eastern Malay Peninsula and western Philippines.
      Biology: Found in sheltered reefs with rich coral growth. Small groups are found among coral or rocks.
      Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of hiding places. This species can be quite aggressive for its small size, but is popular because of its coloration. It will attack other fish which are similar or smaller in size, as well as damsels, gobies, anthias, grammas, fire gobies, juveniles of larger species, and will bother cleaner shrimp. The Diadem Dottyback isn't as bothersome when kept with larger fishes, such as Surgeonfish, Angelfish, and Butterflyfish. This species is likely to have radical color loss, and the feeding of vitamin-enriched and color-enhanced foods may help. In larger tanks, with a lot of corals, live rock, crevices, and holes, this species can be kept in small groups (although, it seems in captive systems, establishing the social structure may result in disasterous results for individuals on the bottom rung). The Diadem Dottyback will eat smaller ornamental shrimp.
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