Orangeback Bass

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Serranus annularis - (Evermann & Marsh, 1900)
Orangeback Bass

This durable little seabass is a good reef aquarium animal. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Although it will eat smaller ornamental crustaceans such as the tiny Periclimenes shrimp, the Orangeback Bass is a great choice for most reef aquariums. Given its small size and diet, it will not harm other invertebrates.

Family: Serranidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Serranus annularis inhabits deeper water than the similar Lantern Bass (S. baldwini). The latter is less expensive and slightly smaller.

Maximum length: 9 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including chopped seafoods, mysid shrimp, and frozen preparation. Feed twice a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Keep only one per tank unless your aquarium is at least 135 gallons (513 L). When acquiring a pair, add both fish together. It is a simultaneous hermaphrodite, so acquiring a male and female is not difficult. It may bully some benthic fishes (e.g., small gobies) or be bullied by others (e.g., hawkfishes).

[edit] Special Care

Provide it with rubble and/or reef interstices in which to hide.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Orangeback BassRDF feed
Common name Orangeback Bass  +
Family Serranidae  +
Genus Serranus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Western Atlantic  +, Bermuda  +, Southern Florida  +, and South America  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name annularis  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +