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Basslets

posted: 05/15/12
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Basslets belong to the Grammidae family. These fish are commonly known as Fairy Basslets, or Pygmy Basslets, and consist of the genera Gramma and Lipogramma. Closely related to Groupers, Basslets are found mostly in the Western Atlantic, and most commonly associated with coral reefs. Some of the species are found at depths of more than 300 feet. Basslets are found on reef slopes close to caves, ledges, or coral formations.

Most Basslets reach a size of two inches in length in an aquarium, and the largest reaches an adult size of four inches in the wild. Basslets are colorful, hardy, and generally peaceful aquarium specimens, although they can become territorial. If more than one member of the species is added to the aquarium, it is imperative to add these fish simultaneously, as severe conflicts may arise. Offer these fish plenty of hiding places, in the form of rockwork or coral decorations.

Most Basslets feed on zooplankton and other small crustaceans.

No distinctive color forms or markings differentiate males and females. The breeding of these fish in an aquarium has been accomplished successfully, but the rearing of the fry is often difficult.

They are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Squirrelfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Caution is required with: Batfish, Blennies, Cardinalfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Puffers and Wrasse.

They are not compatible with: Anglers & Frogfish, Basslets, Eels, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Pseudochromis, Seahorses & Pipefish, Sharks & Rays and Triggerfish.

- Blackcap Basslet

- Blue Assessor Basslet

- Royal Gramma Basslet

- Swissguard Basslet

- Tobacco Basslet

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