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Swalesi Basslet
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(Liopropoma swalesi) Easy Semi-aggressive 3" 30 gallons 74-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic Serranidae Basslets Reef Compatible Swalesi Basslets are a vividly colorful Indo-Pacific species that make a spectacular addition to "nano" aquariums as well as larger community reef systems. Swalesi Basslets are also referred to as Pacific Candy Basslets and Swalesi Swissguard Basslets due to their close similarities with the Candy Basslets and Swissguard Basslets of the Atlantic Ocean. They have a beautiful coloration of alternating, horizontal lines of white to gray and bright orange to yellow-orange that run from end to end. Swalesi Basslets can be identified by their color form as well as the black ocelli blotches with white to blue-gray borders at the tips of their anal and dorsal fins. Swalesi Basslets are less common within the hobby, but are an outstanding species for beginners and advanced hobbyists looking for a hardy, easy to care for species that will provide a nice contrast and splash of color to their aquarium. Swalesi Basslets require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with sandy substrate and plenty of live rock for territory and shelter. A sealed aquarium top is highly recommended as they are known to be jumpers. Swalesi Basslets are a "reef safe" species, but have been known to eat tiny shrimp along with their craving for amphipods and copepods; the larger ornamental/cleaner shrimp (i.e.; Blood Red Fire Shrimp, Peppermint Shrimp, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, and similar species) should be completely safe. They are generally peaceful and should be housed with tank mates of a similar nature but that can sometimes become semi-aggressive and territorial towards similar shaped species and conspecifics. The Swalesi Basslet is a carnivore and mainly feeds on crustaceans and tiny fish among the reef within 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, ghost shrimp, chopped krill, chopped fish, chopped squid, and chopped crab meat. They will also readily accept carnivore/omnivore (Spirulina based) pellets and flake foods. Feeding twice per day and only what will be consumed within a few minutes.
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Macneill's Assessor Basslet
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(Assessor macneilli) Easy Semi-aggressive 3" 30 gallons 74-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Western Pacific Grammidae Basslets Reef Compatible Macneill's Assessor Basslet is an extremely hardy and attractive species that is also commonly referred to as the Blue Assessor Basslet. Macneill's Assessor Basslet mainly feeds on tiny crustaceans and planktonic life within its native range throughout the tropical Western Pacific Ocean. Macneill's Assessor Basslet does very well in nearly any size reef tank, but are very popular for "nano" aquariums due to their small maximum size of 3". Macneill's Assessor Basslets are relatively peaceful and will coexist well with other reef inhabitants, but can become territorial and aggressive with conspecifics that have not been added at the same time; they will generally stand their ground with similar sized species that try to bully them. Unfortunately the Macneill's Assessor Basslet is not frequently imported, making them hard to find at times and giving them a higher price tag (around $100) on average. Single or paired Macneill's Assessor Basslets should be housed in an aquarium of at least 30 gallons (55+ gallons for 3 or more) and must be provided with plenty of live rock for territory and shelter. A sealed or hooded aquarium is recommended as they can be jumpers when they are startled. Considered to be "reef safe", the Macneill's Assessor Basslet will not pose a threat to coral species or sessile invertebrates, but should not be housed with tiny shrimp species (larger, cleaner shrimp and other ornamental species are fine). They are relatively peaceful and can usually be observed in close proximity to their favorite cave or are frequently seen cruising along the substrate and live rock searching zooplankton and other tiny crustaceans. They should be housed with peaceful to semi-aggressive tank mates, but multiple specimens should be added to the aquarium at the same time. Macneill's Assessor Basslets are carnivores and mainly eat zooplankton and other planktonic life in the wild. 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, amphipods, copepods, cyclops, chopped squid, chopped fish, and chopped crab meat. They will also readily accept carnivore/omnivore (Spirulina based) pellets and flake foods. They should be fed twice a day and only what they consume within a few minutes.
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Lantern Bass
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(Serranus baldwini) Easy Semi-aggressive 4" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Tropical Western Atlantic Serranidae Basslets Reef Compatible Lantern Bass are a very active and colorful species of "Dwarf Seabass" related to groupers and their larger sea bass cousins. Originating in the Tropical Western Atlantic, the Lantern Bass is often found in rocky areas among weedy marine algae where they hunt for small fish, shrimp, and planktonic life. Similar to Chalk Bass, Lantern Bass are extremely hardy as well as small in size, making them perfect choices for beginners and "nano" size aquariums. Lantern Bass are relatively peaceful and multiple specimens can coexist well if introduced simultaneously; they aren't usually aggressive with other tank mates, but will often defend their favorite places from new additions until everybody settles in. Lantern Bass are a popular species that are readily available through online retailers and can often be found locally. 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.
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Tobacco Basslet
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(Serranus tabacarius) Easy Aggressive 7" 55 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic Serranidae Basslets Reef Compatible Tobacco Basslets are relatives of groupers and sea bass and can usually be found searching for crustaceans several inches above the sandy bottom in close proximity to the coral reefs of the Caribbean and the Tropical Western Atlantic. They are an attractive species and easy to identify as they have a white base color with a thick orange to burnt-orange, lateral stripe on each side (from face to caudal fin) with dark brown markings across the white on their dorsal side. Tobacco Basslets easy to care for and are a very hardy species, making them quite popular within the hobby as well as readily available from local retailers and online vendors. Tobacco Basslets should be kept in an aquarium that is no less than 55 gallons as they can grow to 7 inches in length. They should be provided with plenty of live rock as well as sandy substrate where they can sift around for food. An aquarium with a hood is recommended as they can sometimes jump when startled (especially in the middle of the night). Quality biological and mechanical filtration should be used with the addition of a protein skimmer as they can be big eaters and have more of a biological impact on their environment than a similar sized fish. Although they are normally considered to be "reef safe", it is with caution as they will eat small shrimp, fish and other live foods that look appetizing. The Tobacco Basslet will try to dominate smaller fish of the same species and multiples should be added at the same time and be comparable in size; if keeping more than one specimen, the aquarium should be 110 gallons or larger. The Tobacco Basslet is a carnivore and mainly feeds on crustaceans found on the sandy bottom of its natural environment; but should be fed a variety of meaty food items such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill, and 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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Swissguard Basslet
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(Liopropoma rubre) Easy Semi-aggressive 3" 30 gallons 74-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic Serranidae Basslets Reef Compatible 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. 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. 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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Harlequin Bass
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(Serranus tigrinus) Easy Semi-aggressive 4" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Western Atlantic Serranidae Basslets Reef Compatible Harlequin Bass are an easily identifiable, impressive species that are in the same family as groupers and sea bass, but at much more manageable size, making them very popular within the aquarium community. Native to the tropical waters of the Western Atlantic, the Harlequin Bass spends a lot of its time hunting for crustaceans along the rock and scattered coral of reefs. They normally work alone or in pairs and get their name from their agility as well as their appearance, reminiscent of historical jesters with their contrasting, multiple black bars and lines that form irregular rectangular patterns along their bodies. Harlequin Bass have long and pointed snouts with a black and white mottling on their dorsal half; as well as a vivid yellow and black mottling on their ventral half, making them distinctly easy to identify. Due to their attractive appearance and mannerisms, Harlequin Bass are readily available through online retailers for reasonable prices which may be unexpected for such a striking species. Harlequin Bass are an extremely hardy species, but they can also be quite active and like to have room to swim around; they should be kept in an aquarium that is no less than 30 gallons and provided with plenty of live rock as well as fine sand to crushed coral substrate where they can use their long snouts to their advantage. In a "nano" environment, a protein skimmer is a welcome addition to a standard biological and mechanical filtration setup as the species can be big eaters (like their bass and grouper relatives) and will produce a decent amount of waste for such a small fish. Although considered "reef safe", use caution when it comes to the cleaning crew and tiny fish species as they could eventually be on the dinner menu. Harlequin Bass are generally peaceful with other similar sized tank mates, but will be very aggressive to others of their kind unless they are a mated pair; they should be solitary unless a pair can be formed. Although they mainly feed on crustaceans and small fish in the wild, 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 small/chopped silver sides; they will also readily accept small carnivore/omnivore pellets and flake foods. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to overall and long term health. Feed 2 times per day.
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Black Cap Basslet
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(Gramma melacara) Easy Semi-aggressive 3" 30 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Western Central Atlantic Grammidae Basslets Reef Compatible The Black Cap Basslet can be found on the edges of reefs within deeper waters in the Western Central Atlantic. They are an ideal addition for reef tanks and beginning hobbyists as they are a brightly colored, beautiful and generally peaceful species that is only a threat to very small invertebrates such as amphipods, copepods, and isopods. They can become territorial with others of their kind, but multiple specimens can coexist in larger aquariums. Black Cap Basslets get their name because of the black, cap-like marking on their heads; adding some style to the welcome splash of color that they bring to the reef with their vivid purple coloration. Although they are very popular, Black Cap Basslets are in high demand and can often be hard to acquire; using an online vendor will bring more success. The Black Cap Basslet should be housed in an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with fine sand to crushed coral substrate and be provided with a sufficient amount of live rock with plenty of hiding places. They can usually be seen darting in and out of the reef and cruising around at mid-level in their aquarium; although they can be quick to vanish at the first sign of danger. They are known jumpers like most other Basslets and a hood or lid of some sort should be in place on their tank. The Black Cap Basslet is generally very peaceful with other tank inhabitants, but they will guard their favorite cave or swimming area; if more than one specimen is desired it's recommended to add them at the same time and to only do so in larger aquariums as they can be somewhat aggressive to their own species. Black Cap Basslets are carnivorous and usually feed on amphipods, copepods, isopods, and other tiny invertebrates within their natural habitat. They should be fed a variety of meaty foods such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, finely chopped krill and other sea foods; they will also readily accept small carnivore/omnivore pellets and flake foods. Variety is essential for their beautiful coloration and long term health needs. Feed 1 to 2 times per day.
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Chalk Basslet
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(Serranus tortugarum) Easy Peaceful 3" 30 gallons 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic Serranidae Basslets Reef Compatible The Chalk Basslet is small brightly colored Basslet species that has a light purple body with bright blue to orange saddle bands along its back. They originate from warm tropical Caribbean waters where they can be found moving about the reef looking for small organisms on which to feed. Their bright coloration, relative small size and reef compatibility have made this species popular with reef keepers, nano reef keepers and those with marine community aquariums. Chalk Basslets adapt well to aquarium life due to their hardy disposition, strong appetite and relatively small space requirements. Chalk Basslets will do well in aquariums around 30 gallons or larger that contain some live rock or other aqua scaping in order to provide them cover and areas to roam, they will also do well in larger nano reef aquariums. Chalk Basslets do well in nano reefs as they do not put a lot of pressure on the filtration system and will not bother corals or invertebrates. This species is known to be strong feeders that will readily adapt to a large variety of meaty marine based foodstuffs. They are not aggressive toward other fish species, but if kept with others of their own kind or very similar species, then they should all be added to the aquarium at the same time. In larger aquariums (100 gallons or more) Chalk Basslets can be kept in small groups and will have be able to find adequate territory even if other similarly sized and shaped species are present. Chalk Basslets generally swim near the bottom of the aquarium or near the reef, thus will appreciate plenty of live rock with caves and crevices. Chalk Basslets are carnivores that will require a variety of marine based meaty foods within in their diet to provide them with balanced nutrition and help them maintain a strong immune system. They are a hardy species that will readily accept a variety of meaty foods including: small marine organisms (copepods, amphipods, etc.), chopped fish, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, meaty flake foods, meaty freeze-dried foods and meaty frozen preparations.
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Royal Gramma Basslet
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(Gramma loreto) Easy Peaceful 3" 30 gallons 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 Carnivore Western Atlantic Grammatidae Basslets Reef Compatible The Royal Gramma is one of the most popular of the Basslet species combining beautiful coloration with a very hardy nature that is at home in either a community or reef aquarium. The adult size of the Royal Gramma, at only 3 inches also makes this species very popular with nano reef and small aquarium owners. While a very peaceful species, the Royal Gramma is aggressive towards its own species, displaying a very territorial nature towards others of its own species. The Royal Gramma requires live rock or other aquascaping to provide it with a safe place to hide when threatened and to give caves in crevices in which to explore and graze on algae. Being a deep water species, the Royal Gramma will also be more comfortable in the aquarium environment with rock caves and crevices to escape the often intense marine aquarium lighting. One of the most highly sought after of the basslets, the Royal Gramma Basslet or Fairy Basslet is a beautiful combination of electric purple and yellow. The front half of its body and head are a bright purple to violet, while the back half is a striking and vibrant yellow. There is a black mark extending over both eyes; as well as, a black dot located on front section of the dorsal fin. The fading between the it's two main colors provides a striking gradient pattern that further makes this species so attractive. While being a very peaceful species, the Royal Gramma Basslet should be kept only as a single specimen within an aquarium environment. They are aggressive towards their own species, due to their territorial nature towards their own kind. While it is recommended to keep this species in a 30-gallon or larger aquarium, they can be housed properly in smaller nano reef aquarium, assuming proper live rock and filtration / water changes are present. Because the Royal Gramma Basslet is a deep-water dweller, it prefers caves and extensive rockwork, as well as a somewhat subdued lighting arrangement; however, with extensive live rock and caves this species can also do very well in brightly lit reef aquariums. The only species not suitable to be kept with Royal Grammas are others of its own kind and aggressive species capable of eating it such as groupers, lionfish etc. The Royal Gramma is a very hardy aquarium species that is right at home in both community and reef aquariums. The Royal Gramma Basslet is a very hardy carnivore that will adapt quickly to feeding on meaty foods within the aquarium environment. Any meaty foods such as quality marine flack, mysid shrimp, quality frozen foods, marine fish & crustacean flesh etc. will be readily consumed. As with most species, a varied diet of marine foodstuffs will provide the Royal Gramma with a balanced diet.
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