Royal Gramma Basslet - Gramma loreto 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. Most fairy basslets, of which G. loreto is an example, live in more shaded areas and avoid strong lighting. They will, however, find their own hiding/shady places and areas in tanks over which metal halide lighting is used when they need them. The Royal Gramma makes an excellent fish for the beginner aquarist because it will readily accept a variety of prepared foods and usually does not take very long to acclimate to the aquarium environment. This species can behave aggressively towards other smaller passive fish and towards its own kind, but generally will remain relatively peaceful. This species may be kept in pairs so long as the aquarium is of good size. If is often said that no two Gramma loreto or Royal Gramma fish can be kept together. This is only a "partial truth". If you buy two, three or even four of these fish and place them separately and at different times in the tank, they will fight for territory and a rather large tank will be needed for even two let alone four of these fish to be comfortable with each other. German Hobbyists have managed to keep several of these fish together without the proverbial territorial fights, the ensuing raggedy fins as well as the demise of one or more of these beautiful fishes by simply purchasing several at the same time, acclimating them together, switching off the tank lights and introducing all of them into the aquarium as a group at one time. A single specimen should be housed in a minimum of a 30 gallon tank. They are aggressive towards their own species, and should be housed singly. Because the Royal Gramma Basslet is a deep-water dweller, it prefers caves and extensive rockwork, as well as a somewhat subdued lighting arrangement. Maximum Size: The Royal Gramma Basslet grows up to 5 inches. Minimum Tank Size Suggested: The Royal Gramma Basslet prefers a tank of over 30 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. Water Conditions:
72-78ÁF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12 Habitat:
Royal Gramma Basslet are found near Tropical Western Atlantic Natural Environment:
They are sometimes found in small groups of six or more, and occur at depths between 40 to 200 feet (15 - 60 m). Feeding and Diet:
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.