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Swissguard Basslet

(Liopropoma rubre)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Easy   • Temperament: Semi-aggressive   • Maximum Size: 3"
• Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons   • Water Conditions: 74-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
• Diet: Carnivore   • Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic
• Family: Serranidae   • Species: Basslets   • Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Swissguard Basslet native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

Swissguard Basslets are a beautiful species that can generally be found searching for crustaceans and small fish along the bottom and among rocky crevices of the coral reefs of the Caribbean and the Tropical Western Atlantic. They have a remarkable coloration of alternating, horizontal lines of pinkish-peach and maroon with orange borders that run from end to end. They also have black blotches with a white borders on the ends of their caudal and dorsal fins; making them easy to identify. Swissguard Basslets are an uncommon species, but are highly sought after in the hobby; they can be special ordered via local retails, but are more commonly found through online vendors.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Swissguard Basslet in the home aquarium.

Swissguard Basslets require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons which should be aqua-scaped utilizing as sandy substrate and plenty of live rock for territory and shelter. An aquarium with a hood is recommended as they will sometimes jump if startled. They are considered to be "reef safe", but should not be housed with very small shrimp and fish that aren't designated as part of their diet. Swissguard Basslets are relatively peaceful, generally hanging out near their favorite cave entrance or cruising along the bottom searching for snacks; they should be housed with tank mates of a similar, peaceful nature and the more aggressive, bottom-dwelling species should be avoided when considering tank mates.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Swissguard Basslet.

The Swissguard Basslet is a proficient carnivore and mainly feeds on crustaceans and tiny fish in its natural environment. In an aquarium 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, and chopped silver sides. They will also readily accept carnivore/omnivore (Spirulina based) pellets and flake foods. Feeding should be 1 to 2 times per day and only what will be consumed within a few minutes.

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