Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Black Cap Basslet
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Black Cap Basslet
(Gramma melacara)
Black Cap Basslet
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Purple
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 4"
Origin Caribbean
Family Grammidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Black Cap Basslet is a deep water species found throughout the Caribbean. Its brilliant purple body and jet-black diagonal cap make it a striking addition to any aquarium.

An excellent choice for a reef aquarium, the Black Cap Basslet is a threat to only the smallest invertebrates such as Copepods, Isopods, or Amphipods. Provide at least a 30 gallon tank with rock caves to hide in. Black Cap Basslets can become territorial once established, so they should not be kept with other basslets. Because they tend to be deep-water dwellers, they do better in an aquarium with slightly subdued lighting.

Black Cap Basslets will do well on a diet of meaty foods including marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and quality frozen preparations.

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

Customer Testimonials

Sandra Friedwagner Santo Domingo , PR
My Black Cap Basslet doesn't let any other fish come near his "house." Definitely a fish with personality, but add it to your tank last.
Jeff D Arlington , TX
Great looking fish, arrived healthy and hungry. It's a little territorial and shy but when I added my Lyretail Anthias the Black Cap got over its shyness and now they are buddies. Highly recommend.
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