Basslet a hardy fish good for the beginners

Basslet Tank

They are found mainly near the Western Atlantic, where they live in and around coral reefs and hunt for zooplankton and other tiny creatures. Basslets are quite popular among marine aquarists due to their vibrant colors, small size, and ease of care. Although they belong to the family of fishes that include the giant predatory groupers, Basslets only grow to a length of no more than 2-4 inches.

In the home aquarium, Basslets should be provided with lots of rocks and caves which they will dart into at the first sign of danger. They are generally hardy fishes but still require good filtration and high water quality. Their diet should include a variety of high quality protein based foods such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, krill, etc.

Many species of Basslets are quite territorial and can be aggressive toward similar looking fishes, so it is best to house only one per tank (unless you have a large tank with a lot of rock structures to retreat to). They should not be kept with aggressive or predatory species, otherwise they will likely end up as a quick little snack!

Basslets have been successfully bred in captivity but it is by no means easy to accomplish. It is difficult to distinguish between the sexes, though sometimes males will be larger and have brighter coloration. After the eggs hatch, the fry go through a larval stage and require specialized food and care

Basslets Tips

A hardy fish good for the beginners, the basslet requires a minimum tank of 30 gallons with slightly subdued lighting and plenty of live rock for hidding. Making an ideal choice for the reef aquarium since they will no harm anemones and corals nibbling only at smallest invertebrates such as Copepods, Isopods, or Amphipods.

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12

Compatibility: Boxfish, Butterflies, Cardinalfish, Chromis, Clownfish, Damsels, Filefish, Foxface and Rabbitfish, Gobies, Grunts and Sweetlips, Jawfish, Hawkfish, Squirrelfish, Tangs and Surgeons, Wrasse, Live Corals, Live Rocks and Sand, Invertebrates.

Swissguard Basslet

Swissguard Basslets


Name: Swissguard Basslets
Species: Liopropoma rubre
Size: 3 in (7.5 cm)
Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Chalk BassletsName: Chalk Basslets
Species: Serranus tortugarum
Size: 3 in (7.5 cm)
Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Lantern Basslet

Lantern Basslet


Name: Lantern Basslets
Species: Serranus baldwini
Size: 3 in (7.5 cm)
Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Yellow Stripe Scolopsis

Yellow Stripe Scolopsis


Name: Yellow Stripe Scolopsis Basslets
Species: Scolopsis fernatus
Size: 8 in (20 cm)
Temperament: Peaceful

Royal Gramma Basslet

Gramma loreto


Name: Royal Gramma Basslets
Species: Gramma loreto
Size: 3 in (7.5 cm)
Temperament: Semi-aggressive

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