A very rare aquarium fish, native to the Caribbean Sea, it is also known by the names Tiger Basslet and Harlequin Bass. It is silvery-white with black spots, blotches and bands running in a horizontal pattern. On the lower portion of the body, on the side and also running horizontal, is a yellow stripe on each side. In some, as they mature, the lower portion (the underbelly) turns yellow.
Size: 1/2" to 3 1/2"
No. in Tank: Only one of this species in a tank; OK with other basslet species.
Tank: min. 40 gallon.
Temperament: Peaceful. Will chase away intruding fish from its favorite hole.
Food: Feeds mainly on zoo-plankton, it can also be feed mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, smaller fish and crustaceans.
Light: None, this is a deep-water fish, unaccustomed to bright light.
Adaptability: Does well when many hiding places are available and there is plenty of room to swim. If introducing more than one basslet, they should all be acclimated at the same time. This avoids territorial disputes and fights.
Compatibility: Ideal for reef aquariums (without any shrimp, as this is their favorite prey), but also does fine in any well-maintained aquarium.