Sunrise Dottyback, well fed, still aggressive

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by nickijon, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. nickijon

    nickijon jon and nicki

    Hi folks, I think our sunrise has outgrown our tank. We've had him for over 2 years. Even though he's really well fed, he still likes to pick on (kill) anything new that gets added.

    Once he established his network of tunnels beneath the live rock, he seems to only appear during feeding. I'm considering options at this point.

    Is there anything else I can do besides:
    1. Keeping him really well fed (already tried), or
    2. Re-arranging the whole tank to 'reset' all the inhabitants' homes?
    Might need to re-home the sunrise dotty shortly..
  2. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    IME, Dottybacks are like that. Not sure that it will change. I no longer keep Dottybacks because of their somewhat aggressive nature.
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  3. Dottybacks are often just assholes. YOu're not going to change it back. On the other hand -- good luck catching him.....
  4. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    The are not nice fish. I had a splendid and he didn't care how big the fish was he'd go after it
  5. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    They would go after corals too?

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  6. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    No they don't. But they will harass small inverts such as shrimp, etc.
  7. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Ok I can host him in my frag tank, if you can't host it anymore. But I will need to plan a trip down

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  8. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I could put it in my 300
    But I might never see it again
    But it will be well fed with good husbandry
  9. And when you take it to Erin you could swing by my place first and pick up two tanks in the back seat of my car that belong to him :)
  10. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I like that idea!
  11. nickijon

    nickijon jon and nicki

    Lost randall's pistol shrimp to him already, possibly a cleaner shrimp after its monthly molt. Was perfectly healthy, then a molt and it disappeared. I've never witnessed him picking at corals, but I have my suspicions, especially if he's the type to pick food out of a coral's mouth.

    If it comes down to it, I'll likely just pull all the rocks into a large container and use a large net to catch.

    Considering putting him up for sale or bringing him to a LFS for some credit. Bummed out, we even named him Leonard when we got him ~3 years ago. I think I need another 12-24 hrs to think about it.

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