This extremely coveted basslet is native to the Caribbean and an excellent fish for the beginner reef aquarist. Also known as a fairy basslet, it is a most beautiful and vibrant fish. The front half of the body is a purple which meshes with magenta as it nears the bright yellow back half. Males are usually larger than females. In the Caribbean, they spend most of their life hiding in small recesses, only showing itself to find dinner. This fish is a school-er. Be cautioned that if the group begins with only one large fish and several small fish, your chances of ending up with only one male with several females increases.
Size: sm. 3/4" - 1 1/4"; med. 1 1/4" - 2"; maximum length 3"
Tank: min. 30 gallon
Temperament: Peaceful, may get aggressive with other bass lets
Food: (Carnivore) Mainly feed on zoo-plankton. A varied diet can include marine fish, mysid shrimp, crustacean flesh, frozen preparations and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp. Feed 2 to 3 times a day.
Light: Low or none, a deep-water fish unaccustomed to much light.
Adaptability: Needs a lot of caves, rocks and crevices to hide. Will perch upside down and may swim upside down also.
Compatibility: excellent with reef systems that have an unobstructed area for swimming and live rocks and caves to hide. Not good in an overcrowded environment or with other basslet species. A school needs to be of varying size fish. Any well-maintained aquarium is suitable for these fish.