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Basslets are a small family of marine fish. Most species of basslet rarely exceed 4 inches in length and are known for their vibrant colorations. They come in shades of red, yellow, orange, purple, tan, black and white. They are a relatively peaceful and hardy species of fish, making them a popular choice among most marine aquarists.They can also be housed in reef and nano reef aquariums. As deep water dwellers they prefer aquariums with plenty of coral and rock cover and subdued lighting. Basslets, however, can be extremely aggressive and territorial to their own kind in an aquarium environment. Each one will claim a small territory including a hiding place as its own and will fight other basslets viciously for these territories. When adding more than one Basslet too the aquarium it is very important to introduce them to the aquarium simultaneously.When first introduced to the aquarium it is not uncommon for these fish to spend days, if not weeks, hiding in caves and crevices before feeling comfortable enough to explore their new habitat. Basslets are carnivores and will readily accept live foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp.

   Swalesi Basslet
Liopropoma swalesi


Description:Liopropoma Swalesi is a small deep water basslet commonly found around the waters of Indonesia. It looks like other members of the genus Liopropoma, sleek, streamlined, with a body shape that resembles an arrowhead. It rarely tops 4 inches while most specimens come at 2 to 3 inches in size. TIts light purple body is streaked by horizontal orange stripes from its grey mouth to its tail. There is a single black spot on both its dorsal and anal fins.It is also the shyest member of the liopropoma genus. Common names include the Pacific Candy Basslet, Swalesi Basslet, Swale’s Swissguard Basslet .
Minimum Tank Size: Provide at least a 30 gallon tank for a single individual.
Feeding: They should be given meaty food on a daily basis. They usually do not accept dry fish food such as flake food or pellets. Some great choices for them include * Mysis Shrimp, * Prime Reef and * Frozen Krill. These basslets usually adapt very quickly to frozen foods after a few days.
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef-dwelling fish, the Swalesi Basslet will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.
Level of Care: Moderate 
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 2-1/2"

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 Royal Gramma Basslet
Gramma loreto


Description: One of the real beauties of the sea, the Royal Gramma is found throughout the reef areas of the Caribbean. A popular addition to both smaller and larger aquariums, its adult size is fairly small reaching a maxium size in the ocean of only around 3 inches and slightly less in an aquarium when full grown. Quite hardy,it is one of the easiest, most colorful, and most popular of the basslets. It is an excellent choice for a reef aquarium, and since it remains small, is perfect for small reef systems.

The Royal Gramma prefers a tank with lots of rockwork to hide in and sleep. Since it is found in the deeper waters of the Caribbean, it needs areas of the tank to have lower light levels either through less bright aquarium lighting or cave areas that hide it from the bright lighting. Though perfectly friendly and peaceful with tankmates of close size, the Royal Gramma is territorial with its own species. That means it will be aggressive toward other Grammas so we suggest only one per tank.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: Royal Gramma's do well on a diet of meaty foods including marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and quality frozen preparations. 
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Excellent
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 21/2"
$20.99
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 Chalk Basslet
Serranus tortugarum

Description:The Chalk Basslet is a peaceful, very sturdy aquarium fish from the Caribbean. It is one of the smallest of the basslets, and an excellent selection for a beginnger fish. Not agressive toward any other fish, therefore it is recommended that they are best kept with peaceful tankmates. Chalk Basslet live together in groups, and will do so in the aquarium, just add them simultaneously to an aquarium with plenty of hiding places such as live rock would provide. They like to float in place or hover over rubble, silty or sandy bottoms. The body of the Chalk Fish is orange with a mid section of purple and verticle bands of bright blue going up and down.Overall, Chalk Basslets are a great addition for any size tanks from 20 gallons and above.
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallon
Feeding and diet: Carnivorous, feeds mainly on zooplankton. Feed meaty foods such as mysis shrimp and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp.
Level of Care: Very Easy, an ideal fish for the reef aquarium, this durable fish typically does great in any well maintained aquarium.
Reef Compatibility:They wil not pick at sessile invertebrates nor corals. Therefore with the personality traits and beauty, we highly recommend the Chalk Basslet for the reef aquarium.
Approx ship size: 2" to 21/2"

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Swissguard Basslet
Liopropoma rubre

Description: Description: A trophy fish for any reef aquarium is the Swissguard Basslet, also called the Peppermint Basslet . The Swissguard Basslet is an uncommon basslet species that is collected from deeper Atlantic reef areas. They have alternating maroon, pink, and yellowish horizontal stripes from the snout to the tail. The tail, dorsal and anal fins are tipped in black and white. Most Liopropoma basses are found on deep reefs, although some can be found in shallower waters as well. As is common with lower light or deeper water fish, most are some variation of red, yellow, and/or orange. Though the maximum sizes vary with species, the behavior remains consistent, relative to their size. These basses are territorial and will remain close to their "home" rock, cave or ledge, venturing out for food and defense. They are safe with most fish and invertebrates that are too large to be eaten (small ornaments crustaceans are generally not safe), and they do not bother hard or soft corals.
Minimum Tank Size: Provide at least a 10 gallon tank for a single individual.
Feeding and diet: The Swissguard is a carnivore, so the diet should be meaty foods including marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and frozen preparations for carnivore's.
Level of Care: Moderate
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef-dwelling fish, will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2"
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 Tobacco Basslet
Serranus tabacarius

Description: The Tobacco Basslet is a very sturdy aquarium fish. Although not particularly aggressive, they will defend their favorite hole or interstice, chasing fish away that venture to near. Best kept with peaceful tankmates. If you want to keep more than one, add them simultaneously to a larger tank with plenty of hiding places.
Minimum Tank Size: 20
Feeding and diet: As a carnivore, the Tobacco Basslet will thrive on a diet of meaty foods such as finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysid shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Excellent
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

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 Blackcap Basslet
Gramma melacara

Description:The Black Cap Basslet is a deep water species found throughout the Caribbean. It is rarely seen in waters shallower than 60 feet. The Black Cap Basslet can be found on the edges of reefs within deeper waters in the Western Central Atlantic. They are an ideal addition for reef tanks and beginning hobbyists as they are a brightly colored, beautiful and generally peaceful species that is only a threat to very small invertebrates such as amphipods, copepods, and isopods. They can become territorial with others of their kind, but multiple specimens can coexist in larger aquariums. Black Cap Basslets get their name because of the black, cap-like marking on their heads; adding some style to the welcome splash of color that they bring to the reef with their vivid purple coloration.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Feeding and diet: Black Cap Basslets will do well on a diet of meaty foods including marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and quality frozen preparations. 
Level of Care: Moderate
Reef Compatability: An excellent reef-dwelling fish, will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2"

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Harlequin Bass
Serranus tigrinus
 

Description: Harlequin Bass are an easily identifiable, impressive species that are very popular within the aquarium community. Native to the tropical waters of the Western Atlantic, the Harlequin Bass spends a lot of its time hunting for crustaceans along the rock and scattered coral of reefs. They normally work alone or in pairs and get their name from their agility as well as their appearance, reminiscent of historical jesters with their contrasting, multiple black bars and lines that form irregular rectangular patterns along their bodies. Harlequin Bass have long and pointed snouts with a black and white mottling on their dorsal half; as well as a vivid yellow and black mottling on their ventral half, making them distinctly easy to identify.

Harlequin Bass are an extremely hardy species, but they can also be quite active and like to have room to swim around; they should be kept in an aquarium that is no less than 30 gallons and provided with plenty of live rock as well as fine sand to crushed coral substrate where they can use their long snouts to their advantage.
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Considered "reef safe". Harlequin Bass are peaceful with other similar sized tank mates.
Food and diet: Feed a variety of meaty food items such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and small/chopped silver sides (possibly treated with selcon); they will also readily accept small carnivore/omnivore pellets and flake foods. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to overall and long term health. Feed 2 times per day.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3"


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Captive Bred Yellow Assessor
Assessor flavissimus


Description: The Captive Bred Yellow Assessor Basslet, also known as the Golden Mini Grouper or Gold Basslet, is entirely yellow with red outlining the fins. It may often be seen swimming upside down. Shown through experience to be one of the most reef safe and peaceful fish in the industry. Assessors are a very attractive, very hardy fish that makes a wonderful addition to tanks of any size, for aquarists of any experience level. They're not imported very frequently and they have a low birth rate in captivity, so they can be difficult to come by and command fairly high prices. They're now being bred by a handful of breeders.
Tank Recommendations:Captive Bred Assessors will do well in nearly any reef tank. They need some live rock for cover and are adaptable to most light/temperature/flow situations. Newly acquired specimens will be shy at first, preferring to spend much of their time in the rockwork, and specimens usually will spend a good amount of time swimming upside-down. They're not especially active swimmers so an adult will be comfortable in a 29g tank. They shouldn't be kept with extremely aggressive fish due to their small adult size and lack of defense mechanisms.
Reef Compatability: Absolutely - they have no interest in corals or other invertebrates.
Feeding:Assessors are planktivores and not particularly fussy about diet. Newly acquired specimens should be started on frozen mysis / cyclops and can then be weaned onto dry foods if desired. They should be fed daily.

Level of Care: Easy, Captive Bred Assessors are among the very hardiest fish available to the hobby,
Approximate Purchase Size: 11/2" to 21/2"

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Australia Macneill's Blue Assessor
Assessor macneilli


Description:The Blue Assessor, also referred to as Macneill’s Assessor, looks and behaves much like a blue version of the Yellow Assessor. It originates in the Western Pacific from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and New Caledonia. It may often be seen swimming upside down. Assessors are a very attractive, very hardy fish that makes a wonderful addition to tanks of any size, for aquarists of any experience level. They're not imported very frequently and they have a low birth rate in captivity, so they can be difficult to come by and command fairly high prices. They're now being aquacultured.
Tank Recommendations: Assessors will do well in nearly any reef tank. They need some live rock for cover and are adaptable to most light/temperature/flow situations. Newly acquired specimens will be shy at first, preferring to spend much of their time in the rockwork, and specimens usually will spend a good amount of time swimming upside-down. They're not especially active swimmers so an adult will be comfortable in a 29g tank. They shouldn't be kept with extremely aggressive fish due to their small adult size and lack of defense mechanisms.
Reef Compatability: Absolutely - they have no interest in corals or other invertebrates.
Feeding:Assessors are planktivores and not particularly fussy about diet. Newly acquired specimens should be started on frozen mysis / cyclops and can then be weaned onto dry foods if desired. They should be fed daily.

Level of Care: Easy, Assessors are among the very hardiest fish available to the hobby,
Approximate Purchase Size: 11/2" to 21/2"

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*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a *Guarantee Restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restircted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to mal nutrition.