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Lipogramma spp., Deepwater Grammas. Scott W. Michael

Family: Grammatidae

Species in Genus Lipogramma:


Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM


Although they can make interesting additions to the reef aquarium, deep-water grammas such as this often succumb to shipping stress. If they make it through those rigors, they will do well in a tank that contains plenty of hiding places and peaceful tankmates—or no other fishes at all (a single-species nano-reef). They are more likely to spend time in the open if the tank is dimly lit.

In a larger reef tank, you may not see these fishes often, as they tend to be quite secretive. I recommend keeping them in a smaller tank with several suitable hiding places so that they can be observed more frequently.

One potential malady is swim bladder problems resulting from improper decompression. Avoid buying any individuals that have a difficult time maintaining their position in the water column and exhibit labored swimming.