There was once a time when you could walk into any decent aquarium shop and have a wide range of dottyback species available for purchase. This group of fish was a staple of the hobby but they have nearly disappeared. Aside from the typical purple, royal and diadema dottybacks, it seems that the more desirable dottybacks such as the fridmani, neon, sankeyi, sunrise and sailfin have become increasingly scarce in the aquarium hobby. Sure you still see these captive raised but these specimens are usually of relatively poor quality with crooked mouths, humpbacks, malformed fins and other deformities with an overall lack of color and vibrance. So what say you? does your LFS seem to stock decent dottybacks or are these once highly sought after fish seemignly gone from their spotlight of popularity? Let us know your thoughts by hitting us up in the comments.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.