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Basslets

Basslets are a small family of marine fish. Most species of basslet rarely exceed 2-1/2 to 3 inches in captivity and are known for their vibrant colors, hardiness, and peaceful behavior. They come in shades of red, yellow, orange, purple, tan, black and white. There are two genera of Basslet species, the Gramma and Lipogramma. A popular choice among most marine aquarists they can be housed in any saltwater aquarium including reef and nano reef aquariums. As deep water dwellers they prefer aquariums with plenty of coral and rock cover and lower levels of lighting. If you wish to keep more than one Basslet, because of the territorial behavior make sure the tank is large enough. Each one will claim a small territory including a hiding place as its own and will fight other basslets viciously for these territories. Additionally if you are adding more than one Basslet too your aquarium it is very important to introduce them to the aquarium at the same time. When first introduced to the aquarium it is not uncommon for these fish to spend days, if not weeks, hiding in caves and crevices before feeling comfortable enough to explore their new habitat. Basslets are carnivores and will readily accept frozen meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp.

Some Interesting Facts About Basslets

  • Basslets can change their gender from female to male.
  • All the tropic members of this family are called Fairy Basslets.
  • The male fish of this family are more brightly colored than the females.
  • The average weight of these fishes is 1-2 ounces.
  • Basslets breed at dusk so that they can avoid predators.


Special Note:
When you see "Aquarium Conditioned" on one of our featured saltwater fish, it means the fish have gone through our Aquarium Conditioning Process which is from 15 days to 30 days long, depending on species. During this time the arriving ocean fresh fish first go through Quarantine, then go into our aquarium life systems. In our aquarium life systems they will get used to aquarium life and we work on getting them to eat well through a special process we use to change ocean fresh saltwater fish over to our aquarium conditioned fish. The process includes enough time to let us have confidence sending marine fish to you knowing they will do well in proper aquarium conditions and they will also eat well, which are the two most important factors if you expect a long life saltwater aquarium fish.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Harlequin Bass
Serranus tigrinus
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Identification: Harlequin Bass are an easily identifiable, impressive species that are in the same family as groupers and sea bass, but at much more manageable size, never getting larger than around 4 inches. They are extremely hardy and great for beginners making them very popular within the aquarium community. Native to the tropical waters of the Western Atlantic, the Harlequin Bass spends a lot of its time hunting for crustaceans along the rock and scattered coral of reefs. They normally work alone or in pairs and get their name from their agility as well as their appearance, reminiscent of historical jesters with their contrasting, multiple black bars and lines that form irregular rectangular patterns along their bodies.

Tank Recommendations: Provide at least a 75 gallon aquarium with plenty of live rock for a single individual. As the Harlequin Bass matures and grows, it may prey on any smaller fish or small crustacean tank mates. Although these fishes can boss around some smaller tank mates, they are not normally overly aggressive to dissimilar species. They do not normally take kindly to other Dwarf Sea Basses or even bottom dwelling fishes that occupy the same territory, so keep a close eye on them when mixing similar fishes or ones that occupy the same territory.

Food and diet: Basslets adapt very quickly to frozen foods after just a few days. Carnivores they mainly feed on crustaceans found on the sandy bottom of its natural environment. In the aquarium they should be fed a variety of meaty food items such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill, and silver sides. They will also readily accept carnivore/omnivore (Spirulina based) pellets. Feeding should be 1 to 2 times per day and only what will be consumed within a few minutes.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 2" to 3"; Large 3" to 4-1/2"


Medium$24.99 Large $29.99



 Captive Bred
Yellow Assessor Basslet
Assessor flavissimus
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Identification: Yellow Assessors are is an extremely hardy and attractive species that is also commonly referred to as the Golden Assessor, Gold Assessor Basslet, Golden Mini Grouper or Gold Basslet. The fish is entirely yellow with red outlining the fins. They are frequently seen hanging around in caves, overhangs and other shaded areas of the aquarium. Quite often they will do this upside down or vertically. The Yellow Assessor will not bother invertebrates making it an excellent choice for reef aquariums but OK for fish-only aquariums too. Can be kept single or in small groups. Assessors are a very attractive, very hardy fish that makes a wonderful addition to tanks of any size, for aquarists of any experience level. They also do very well in "nano" aquariums due to their small maximum size of 3".

Tank Recommendations: For a single Yellow Assessor, provide at least a 30 gallon tank (55+ gallons for 3 or more) and must be provided with plenty of live rock for caves, territory and shelter. Provide a fine sand substrate. A hood for the aquarium is recommended as they can be jumpers when they are startled. They are relatively peaceful and can usually be observed in close proximity to their favorite cave or are frequently seen cruising along the substrate and live rock searching zooplankton and other tiny crustaceans. They should be housed with peaceful to semi-aggressive tank mates, but multiple specimens should be added to the aquarium at the same time.

Food and diet: Assessors are carnivores and mainly eat zooplankton and other planktonic life in the wild. In an aquarium environment, they should be fed a variety of meaty food items such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, amphipods, copepods, cyclops, chopped squid, chopped fish, and chopped crab meat. They will also readily accept carnivore/omnivore (Spirulina based) pellets and flake foods. They should be fed twice a day and only what they consume within a few minutes.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"



$49.99

 Aquarium Conditioned
Macneill's Assessor Basslet
Assessor randalli
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Identification: Macneill's Assessor Basslets are an extremely hardy and attractive species that is also referred to as MacNeill's Mini Grouper or Blue Assessor Basslet. Frequently seen hanging around in caves, overhangs and other shaded areas of the aquarium. Quite often they will do this upside down or vertically. The Macneill's Assessor will not bother invertebrates making it an excellent choice for reef aquariums but OK for fish-only aquariums too. Can be kept single or in small groups. Assessors are a very attractive, very hardy fish that makes a wonderful addition to tanks of any size, for aquarists of any experience level. They also do very well in "nano" aquariums due to their small maximum size of 3".

Tank Recommendations: For a single Macneill's Assessor, provide at least a 30 gallon tank (55+ gallons for 3 or more) and must be provided with plenty of live rock for caves, territory and shelter. Provide a fine sand substrate. A hood for the aquarium is recommended as they can be jumpers when they are startled. They are relatively peaceful and can usually be observed in close proximity to their favorite cave or are frequently seen cruising along the substrate and live rock searching zooplankton and other tiny crustaceans. They should be housed with peaceful to semi-aggressive tank mates, but multiple specimens should be added to the aquarium at the same time.

Food and diet: Assessors are carnivores and mainly eat zooplankton and other planktonic life in the wild. In an aquarium environment, they should be fed a variety of meaty food items such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, amphipods, copepods, cyclops, chopped squid, chopped fish, and chopped crab meat. They will also readily accept carnivore/omnivore (Spirulina based) pellets and flake foods. They should be fed twice a day and only what they consume within a few minutes.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"



$89.99
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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.