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Scientific Name:Belonepterygion fasciolatum

Common Names:Banded Longfin Basslet, Red Fin Basslet, Barred Spiny Basslet

Found in tidal pools around coral reefs and lagoons. Benthic. Eggs are guarded by the male parent. Solitary, secretive crevice dweller.

Origin: Australia, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The Banded Longfin Basslet is an invertebrate safe fish and known to eat small shrimp like Sexy shrimp and Zebra shrimp. This diet should include meaty items such as mysis and/or brine shrimp, chopped fish, and pellets.

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Scientific Name:Gramma melacara

Common Names:Black Cap Basslet, Blackcap Gramma

A solitary species found on nearly vertical cliffs and drop-offs beyond outer reefs. Often upside-down. Retreats into recesses when alarmed. Has been reared in captivity. Most common in water more than 30 m deep. Gradually replaces G. loreto at depths of 15-30 m.

Origin: Caribbean
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore, Planktivore

The Black Cap Basslet prefers a diet that is rich in meaty foods. This diet should include marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and quality frozen preparations.

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Scientific Name:Liopropoma carmabi

Common Names:Candy Basslet,

Found in the recesses of coral reefs. Secretive.

Origin: Western Atlantic Ocean
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Candy Basslet usually accepts most meaty foods. This diet should incude mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched brine shrimp, krill, squid and clam. Also prefers to eat a diet of flake and pellet foods as well as feed fresh frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Serranus tortugarum

Common Names:Chalk Bass,

Found over rubble, silty or sandy bottoms. Often in small groups hovering over a patch of coral rubble or an old conch shell. Feeds on plankton. Synchronously hermaphroditic. Difficult to approach.

Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

Feed the Chalk Bass chopped meaty items, vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp and flake foods. It is good to offer vitamin enriched brine shrimp every now and then.

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Scientific Name:Assessor flavissimus

Common Names:Gold Assessor Basslet, Golden Mini Grouper, Yellow Assessor, Yellow Devilfish, Yellow Basslet

Found near reefs. In aggregations in caves, often upside down. Males incubate the egg mass in their mouths. Also found in caves, crevices and under ledges.

Origin: Australia, Coral Sea
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 20 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Gold Assessor Basslet is a carnivore fish and therefore should be fed high protein foods. Its diet mainly consists of small chunk of meaty foods. This diet should include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. Also likes to eat a diet that may include finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations 2 times daily.

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Scientific Name:Serranus tigrinus

Common Names:Harlequin Bass Basslet, Tiger Basslet

Most common in areas with rock or scattered coral. Solitary or in pairs. Feeds mainly upon crustaceans. Synchronously hermaphroditic. The most common member of the genus.

Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The Harlequin Bass Basslet do well on a diet of chopped live meaty items and frozen foods.

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Scientific Name:Serranus baldwini

Common Names:Lantern Bass,

Inhabits rocky and weedy areas. Synchronously hermaphroditic. Feeds on caridean shrimp and small fish.

Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic
Max Size: 4.5 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The Lantern Bass is a carnivore and requires a diet rich in meaty treats. Foods such as chopped meaty items, vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp and flake foods will really help the Lantern Bass thrive.

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Scientific Name:Assessor macneilli

Common Names:Macneill's Assessor Basslet, Blue Devilfish, Blue Assessor, Blue Basslet

Adults are found in lagoon and seaward reefs, aggregate in caves, often upside down. Males incubate the eggs mass in their mouth. Minimum depth reported from.

Origin: Australia, Coral Sea, New Caledonia
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 20 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore, Planktivore

The Macneill's Assessor Basslet is a carnivore and likes to eat a dist of small chunk of meaty foods. This diet should include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel at least 2 times daily. Also easily consume finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Calloplesiops altivelis

Common Names:Marine Beta Basslet, Comet, Comet Grouper, Marine Beta Grouper

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea
Max Size: 8 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The Marine Beta Basslet is a carnivore fish and requires a diet of meaty treats. This diet consists of vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp, and other frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Liopropoma susumi

Common Names:Pinstriped Basslet, Meteor Basslet, Meteor Perch, Striped Basslet, Susumi Basslet

Adults are found near reefs, and in caves and crevices along drop-offs. Nocturnal, hide under ledges and in holes by day. They possess a false eye which is actually the dorsal fin ocellus confuses predators because it poses an inverted image of a fish. When alarmed, this fish will poke it's head into a hole and expose it's tail end which mimics the head of the moray eel. Eggs are guarded by the male parent. Have been reared in captivity. Reported to be living in a marine aquarium for 8 years and 6 months.

Origin: Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Pinstriped Basslet is a carnivore fish and requires a diet of meaty treats. This diet consists of vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp, and other frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Gramma loreto

Common Names:Royal Gramma Basslet, Fairy Basslet

Often found in caves or under ledges. Swim with belly toward substratum, thus under ledges seen upside down. Feed on ectoparasites of other fishes. Males show various types of nest care behavior. Retreat into recesses when alarmed. Have been reared in captivity.

Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Pacific
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Royal Gramma Basslet is a carnivore and does well on a diet of meaty fare. This dist should include marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and quality frozen preparations.

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Scientific Name:Liopropoma swalesi

Common Names:Swalesi Basslet, Swale's Swissguard, Swales Swissguard Basslet, Pacific Candy Basslet

Found in caves and crevices in lagoon and seaward reefs. Benthic. Secretive.

Origin: Indonesia, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 2 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Swalesi Basslet is a carnivore fish and does well on a diet of meaty items 2 times daily. This diet should include finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Liopropoma rubre

Common Names:Swissguard Basslet, Peppermint Basslet

A solitary species inhabiting deep recesses of coral reefs. Common, but secretive and rarely seen. The maximum size for this species is about 8 cm standard length or 100 mm TL.

Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 20 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Swissguard Basslet is a carnivore fish and thrives on a diet of meaty treats. This diet consists of marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and quality frozen preparations.

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Scientific Name:Serranus tabacarius

Common Names:Tobacco Basslet, Tobacco Fish, Tobacco Bass

Inhabits shallow rocky or coral bottoms with clear water. In groups on deeper reefs. Synchronously hermaphroditic. Negligible commercial value due to its small size. Sometimes follows goatfishes (family Mullidae) as they probe the sand for invertebrates.

Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic
Max Size: 8 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The Tobacco Basslet is a carnivore and thrives on a diet of meaty treats. This diet should include finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysis shrimp, enriched brine shrimp and frozen carnivore preparations.

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Scientific Name:Liopropoma mitratum

Common Names:Yellowtail Reef Basslet,

Found in caves and crevices. Benthic. Secretive, cave and ledge dweller.

Origin: Indonesia
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Carnivore

The Yellowtail Reef Basslet is a carnivore fish and requires a diet of meaty treats multiple times per day. This diet consists of vitamin-enriched brine and mysis shrimp, and other frozen carnivore preparations.

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