|Latin name||Gramma loreto - Poey, 1868|
|Common name||Royal Gramma Basslet|
|Family||Grammatidae - Gramma|
|Origin||The Mexican Golf, West Atlantic|
|Max length||8.0 cm (3.1")|
As aquarium fish
Jumps out of open aquaria
This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.
Requires a varied diet
This species must be fed with an appropriately varied diet.
This species requires places to hide, especially when newly introduced into the aquarium.
Bred in captivity
This species can be bred in captivity, one can therefore consider asking your local fish store for a captive bred specimen.
This species is very shy and docile, so one should be careful when keeping it with more aggressive fish.
Number of fish
This species can live with many of its own kind, when provided with enough space.
Family description (Grammatidae)
Basslets (Grammaer) are suitable for most aquaria, as they are a relatively easy and peaceful fish.
They are similar to Dottybacks (Pseudochromidae) in appearance and colour, but are more gentle and therefore a good alternative.
Basslets will always stay hidden if kept together with aggressive Wrasses, for example.
They like vertical rocks with many hiding spots, as it resembles their natural habitat.
Several Basslets can be kept together, but not without risk. One must be ready to separate them, as they sometimes fight by locking jaws.
It can be an advantage to have different sized fish, as this increases the chance of having both males and females. They also require a spacious tank to be able to live together >65 gal (300 liters)
|Distribution||Western Central Atlantic: Bermuda, Bahamas, and Central America to northern South America.|
|English common names||Fairy basslet|
|Danish common names||Konge-febars|
|German common names||Feenbarsch|
|Spanish common names||Loreto, Merito rabirrubio|
References and further reading
Scott W. Michael. 2001. Basslets, Dottybacks & Hawkfishes: v. 2 (Reef Fishes) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Reef Basslets & Grammas - Part 2 - Live Aquaria - (English)
Henry C. Schultz. 2002. Grammas - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Bob Fenner. The Basslets that We Call Grammas, Family Grammatidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|docile shy, shoal group|