Lantern Bass are an active species that should be kept in an aquarium that is no less than 30 gallons. They should be provided with plenty of live rock for shelter and territory as well as fine sand to crushed coral substrate. They can be heavy eaters for such a small sized species and in addition to quality biological and mechanical filtration, they will appreciate the water quality that a protein skimmer will help provide. Lantern Bass are considered to be reef safe and will not harm any coral species, but they may eat tiny fish and shrimp that they can fit into their mouths. Tank mates can consist of multiple specimens if added at the same time and they will usually get along with other species that aren't too aggressive.
Lantern Bass are carnivores that mainly eat small fish, shrimp and plankton in their natural environment. They should be fed a variety of meaty food items such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, chopped silver sides, and other prepared seafood. They will also accept small pellets and flake foods for carnivores as well as omnivores. Feed 2 times per day.