Harlequin Basslet - Serranus tigrinus:
The Harlequin Basslet
is a very rare and a very sturdy aquarium fish. The only problem is finding one! Availability of this fish is highly unpredictable. Although not aggressive, they will defend their territory, chasing fish away that venture to near. Best kept with peaceful tankmates. An ideal fish for the reef aquarium this durable fish typically does great in any well maintained aquarium. Harlequin Basslet,Serranus tigrinus, is an active fish with unique coloration that is best kept one per aquarium. Growing to only three to four inches in length, it is a fish of appropriate size for all but the smallest of aquariums. Harmful to some smaller fish and ornamental fish, the Harlequin Basslet is attractive and hardy. If more than one is to be present in the same aquarium, it is recommended to introduce them at the same time. The Harlequin Basslet spends it time swimming actively and also digging in the substrate using its elongated snout. Its marbled body and yellow shadowing from the nose along the lower side of the body add to the attractiveness of this Western Atlantic native. As a carnivore, it readily accepts meaty meals including Brine Shrimp and frozen prepared foods.
The Harlequin grows up to 4 inches.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
The Harlequin Basslet prefers a tank of at least 40 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Harlequin Basslet are found near carribean
Feeding and Diet:
As a carnivore, the Harlequin Basslet will thrive on a diet of meaty foods such as finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations. Feed at least twice a day.