Royal Gramma Basslet


The Royal Gramma Basslet brings an explosion of color to any saltwater aquarium. It has a bright purple to violet colored anterior contrasted by a vibrant yellow posterior. Coveted for both its unique color pattern and relatively small adult size, Gramma loreto is well suited for small nano reef systems.

Native to the deep-water reefs of the Caribbean, this member of the Grammidae family prefers extensive rockwork caves in which to hide and somewhat subdued lighting. Since it demonstrates territorial aggression towards its own kind, the Royal Gramma Basslet should be housed singly. However, most Royal Gramma Basslets are peaceful towards tankmates of similar size and temperament.

For the best care, keep the Royal Gramma Basslet in reef systems of at least 30 gallons. Since it is a carnivore, feed a varied diet of meaty fare, including marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and quality frozen preparations.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 3"
Color Form: Purple, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Caribbean, Tropical Western Pacific
Family: Grammidae

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Greg May 22, 2010 at 12:08 am

This type of saltwater fish likes to hide and will need plenty of rock work to be happy,It will pick a spot in the live rock and guard it with in a 6 ” radius.
With most of it’s time spent hidden this mysterious and elusive fish should be watched when feeding to make sure it gets enough to eat sometimes it stays hidden so well it doesn’t even know their is food in the tank till it is too late especially if you have other aggressive eaters in the tank like damsels or chromis.
The royal gramma is a beautiful fish from front to back it’s best kept alone unless a very large tank is provided (100gal+) for best results.
It will eat most frozen and live food tho I found it does not care for Krill also this fish eats no algae.
All in all it is a great reef fish and will not nip any corals not too mention it adds great color contrast to a tank.

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