Swissguard Basslet

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Liopropoma rubre - Poey, 1861
Swissguard Basslet

Prized by reef aquarists, a colorful addition to peaceful aquarium communities. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The spectacular color pattern of this crevice-dweller makes it a welcome addition to the less-aggressive fish community. Its cryptic nature makes it difficult to spot (and catch) in the wild, making it a prized species among reef aquarists.

Family: Serranidae

Other common name(s):

  • Peppermint Bass

Native range:

Habitat: Reef. Provide an aquascape with rocky overhangs, crevices and caves to approximate its wild habitat.

Maximum length: 7.9 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

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

General swimming level: Near substrate.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed meaty foods daily.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

A proficient predator, it will eat crustaceans and tiny fish tankmates (e.g., small gobies). It is not aggressive toward non-relatives (it may squabble over a favorite hiding place). It may be picked on by more aggressive substrate-bound fishes (dottybacks, hawkfishes, large damselfishes) causing the fish to hide most of the time. A pair can be kept in a small tank. Although difficult to sex, try getting a small and larger individual and add them simultaneously.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.

[edit] Notes

Extremely adept at hiding to avoid fish-eating predators, the Swissguard Basslet will spend more time in the open if the tank is kept in a quiet location of the home. Do not be ­surprised if you do not see it for a week or so (leave it alone and allow it to properly acclimate). It will spend much of its time hovering at the entrance to its den, ready to dart out and snap up passing food. It may leap from an open aquarium if startled.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Swissguard BassletRDF feed
Common name Swissguard Basslet  +, and Peppermint Bass  +
Family Serranidae  +
Genus Liopropoma  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Western Atlantic  +, Florida  +, Caribbean  +, Bahamas  +, and Northern South America  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name rubre  +
Swimming level Near substrate.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +