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Royal Gramma Basslet

posted: 05/15/12
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Royal Gramma Basslet
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The most coveted of the basslets, the Royal Gramma Basslet or Fairy Basslet is beautiful. The front half of its body and head are a bright purple to violet, while the back half is a striking and vibrant yellow. It is an excellent choice for a reef aquarium.

A single specimen should be housed in a minimum of a 30 gallon tank, while a school requires at least 55 gallons to thrive. Because the Royal Gramma Basslet is a deep-water dweller, a somewhat subdued lighting arrangement is best. When housed in a group, the male will usually be larger than the female. It can become territorial with time.

As a carnivore, the Royal Gramma Basslet will do well on a diet of meaty fare 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: Royal Gramma Basslet (Gramma loreto)

Family: Grammidae

Range: Tropical Western Atlantic

Size: Up to 3 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: 55 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

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