Swale’s Reef Basslet

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Liopropoma swalesi - (Fowler & Bean, 1930)
Swale’s Reef Basslet

Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Once a prized rarity, this species is now commonplace in the aquarium trade. Although eye-catchingly comely in appearance, it is very secretive. It may remain hidden for weeks or even months, especially in a large reef tank.

Family: Serranidae

Other common name(s):

  • Swalesi Reef Basslet
  • Orange-lined Reef Basslet

Native range:

Habitat: Provide this species with plenty of small caves and crevices in which to hide.

Maximum length: 6.4 cm (3 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 frozen seafood. May require live ghost shrimp to initiate a feeding response. You will need to be sure it gets enough to eat if housed with aggressive tankmates. This can be difficult, as it tends to spend most of its time hiding.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Keep one per tank, unless your aquarium is large (135 gallons [513 L] or more) with lots of rockwork; or if you can, acquire a heterosexual pair.

[edit] Notes

A tank cover is necessary, as it may jump out of an open aquarium. A similar species is Reynold’s Reef Basslet (Liopropoma sp.). Reynold’s is similar in husbandry to L. swalesi.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Swale’s Reef BassletRDF feed
Common name Swale’s Reef Basslet  +, Swalesi Reef Basslet  +, and Orange-lined Reef Basslet  +
Family Serranidae  +
Genus Liopropoma  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Indonesia  +, and New Britain  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name swalesi  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +