Basslets

The little Basslets are often brightly coloured and easy enough to settle into aquarium culture, but some can be quite scrappy with others of the same genus, and this needs to be kept in mind when assembling a community to include some of these species.

The Royal Gramma (gramma loreto) is a small but superbly coloured basslet from The Caribbean Sea, where in nature it lives an almost entirely upside-down existence against protective overhangs. But in the aquarium it settles for a more conventional right-way-up posture! It settles well to aquarium life, and rarely troubles other fish or invertebrates.

The Royal Gramma (gramma loreto) is a small but superbly coloured basslet from The Caribbean Sea, where in nature it lives an almost entirely upside-down existence against protective overhangs. But in the aquarium it settles for a more conventional right-way-up posture!

The Strawberry Fish or Magenta Dottyback (pseudochromis porphyreus) has a brilliant all-over magenta colouring, and does well in the aquarium. It may be difficult to keep more than one species, or even more than one specimen, of this genus together.

The Strawberry Fish or Magenta Dottyback (pseudochromis porphyreus) has a brilliant all-over magenta colouring, and does well in the aquarium. It may be difficult to keep more than one species, or even more than one specimen, of this genus together.