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Blackcap Basslet

posted: 05/15/12
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Blackcap Basslet
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The Blackcap Basslet is a deep water species found throughout the Caribbean. Its brilliant purple body and jet-black diagonal cap make it a striking addition to any aquarium.

An excellent choice for a reef aquarium, the Blackcap Basslet is a threat to only the smallest invertebrates such as Copepods, Isopods, or Amphiopods. Provide at least a 30 gallon tank with rock caves to hide in. Blackcap Basslets can become territorial once established, so they should not be kept with other basslets. Because they tend to be deep-water dwellers, they do better in an aquarium with slightly subdued lighting.

Blackcap Basslets will do well on a diet of meaty foods including marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and quality frozen preparations.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Blackcap Basslet (Gramma melacara)

Family: Grammidae

Range: Tropical Western Atlantic; Caribbean

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rocks, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

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