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Info on Royal Gramma Basslets

royal gramma basslets fishThe Royal Gramma is easily identified based on it unique coloration which has one part of its body in purple and the other half at the tail end appears as yellow. The fish has a quirky and funny way of swimming, going sideways and then switching to different angles and most of the time, this will fool people into thinking that they are actually sick, which obviously they are not at all. Because of its beauty and special style of movements, it is not surprising to find aquarist wanting to keep them as pets as they will make wonderful addition to any saltwater tank.

The royal gramma belongs to the grammatidae family which is known as the basslets group of fish. Most of the grammas seen nowadays are commercially bred in saltwater farms and then sold to retail pet stores. There are some suppliers still selling wild caught fish snatched and taken from their homes in the Caribbean, thus I wouldn’t recommend yourself getting your stock of fish from these suppliers. Reason why is that not only it is cruel but your pets will probably have shorter life-span due to their inability to adapt to artificial saltwater tank environment. Generally it is quite difficult to distinguish between a commercial bred and a wild caught fish, domesticated in home aquariums because both specimens can appear lively and healthy in the tank so it is your duty to ask and check carefully. Luckily, most honest sellers will tell you the truth if you take the effort to confirm with them.

Feeding
Your pet fish is a carnivorous species that prefers to eat small crustaceans like shrimps and small-sized crabs. However, if you can’t provide constant supply of live foods all the time, I suggest that you use specialized marine pellets but be sure to give them their favorite foods from time to time at least once every two weeks to maintain their health and vigority.

Behavioral nature
Royal grammas will live in groups and in order to keep them in large numbers (4-5), you can only do that if you add them altogether when they are young at the same time. Never buy 3 and then add another two after few weeks later because I can tell you that these won’t work because the existing fish will become hostile and attack the newcomers. Unless you have a very huge fish tank (at least 80 gallons) your chance of keeping them in large numbers will dwindle. The best setup for your pets should confine only a pair of this fish to any one single tank.

Grammas are also known to be a good jumper meaning that even with your excellent existing tank water conditions, due to their nature of always trying to escape from the tank, you better ensure that your aquarium has a proper hood closed at all times and the top sections which doesn't have a gap that will let them get caught and stuck there in case they jump out.

Disease and Care
Identifying a sick fish is very easy as the change and fading coloration will tell you that they are not feeling well. This will be accompanied by reduced activity not normal from their usual behavior and if they prefer to stay away from attention and hide all the time, then something is not right. The first thing that you should do is to check your water quality.

On another note:
Although basslet bear close resemblance to another saltwater fish called dottybacks, do not confuse and mix up between both of them.



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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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