Species Name : Gramma Loreto
Care Level : Easy
Temperament : Peaceful
Color : Purple, Yellow
Diet : Carnivore
Reef Compatible : Yes
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 3»
Origin : Caribbean, Tropical Western Pacific
Family : Grammidae
Minimum Tank Size : 30 gallons
The Royal Gramma Basslet (Gramma Loreto), also known as the Fairy Basslet, is a species of fish in the family Grammatidae native to reef environments of the tropical western Atlantic Ocean.
A Royal Gramma fish is purple from the head to the middle of the body and yellow from the middle of the body down to the tail. The transition from purple to yellow is gradual, blended in like a gradient, vs. a harsh line. Other distinguishing features are: a black line running from the mouth through the eye towards the back of the head, and a black spot on the front (front) of the dorsal fin. This is not always very obvious and the darkness can vary based on a number of factors including gender.
Royal Gramma care is not very challenging due to the resiliency and hardy nature of this fish. For the best care, keep the Royal Gramma Basslet in reef systems of at least 30 gallons. They prefer large rocky caves to hide in 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. Royal Basslet is safe for reefs, which is potentially one of the most important questions about reef care.
Since it is a carnivore, feed a varied diet of meaty fare, including brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and quality frozen preparations. Give them an average amount of food and feed them 2-4 times a day.
Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4"; Medium: 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"; Large: 1-3/4" to 2-1/2"
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