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This Black Cap Basslet data sheet gives you basic information about the common names, scientific names and water parameters required by this species. In addition, you can find Black Cap Basslet information such as diet, determining sex, breeding, distribution and compatibility.
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Black Cap Basslet (Gramma melacara)

 

Scientific Name: Gramma melacara

 

Alt Scientific Name:

 

Common Name: Black Cap Basslet

 

Alt Common Name:

 

Group: Grammas and Basslets (Grammas/Basslets)

 

Family: Grammatidae

 

Distribution: West Atlantic

 

Adult Size: 4 inches (10.2cm)

 

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

 

Temperament: Generally peaceful - These fish are excellent community tank fish, tending to stay to themselves

 

Care Difficulty: 2/10

   
Very Easy
Moderate
Very Difficult

 

Reef Safety Score : 3/3

   
Not Safe
High Risk
Low Risk
Reef Safe

 

Temperature Range: 72°F - 81°F

     
74
76
78
80
82
84

 

pH Range: 8 - 8.4

     
7.8
8.0
8.2
8.4
8.6
8.8

 

Salinity Range (specific gravity): 1.02 - 1.026

     
1.016
1.020
1.024
1.028
1.032
1.036

 

Diet Information: Will readily accept brine shrimp and meaty fares, but will also accept flake and dried foods.

 

Additional Information : Hoods should be placed on tanks, as these fish are known jumpers. Basslets make great additions for reef tanks, staying small, not bothering invertebrates, and keeping deviant live rock critters, like benthic crustaceans and worms in population check. Basslets require nooks and overhangs for hiding. Liverock decor should be abundant.

 

Tank Mate Compatibility : Care should be noted if placing more than one of the same species, or any fish in the Pseudchromis and Basslet family (includes Dottyback and Gramma) aggression has been noted. If two are desired, known mated pairs are best otherwise a 6ft system is suggested. Also due to the small size of this species, predatory or larger carnivorous fish will likely consider the black cap basslet a prey item.

 

Breeding Information:

 

Determining Sex:

 

Primary Area in Tank: Middle

 

 

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