Royal Gramma

Other Royal Gramma Names: Fairy Basslet

Royal Gramma Scientific Name: Gramma loreto

Alternate Scientific Name:

Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)
Royal Gramma Ease of Care: 8/10
Royal Gramma Reef Safety: Reef Safe
Reef Safe
Temperature Range: 72°F-81°F
pH Range: 8.1-8.4
Salinity Range: 1.022-1.026
Group: Grammas and Basslets (Grammas/Basslets)

Family: Grammatidae

Distribution: West Atlantic

Royal Gramma Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)

Royal Gramma Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Royal Gramma Temperament: Peaceful; These fish are excellent community tank fish, tending to stay to themselves.

Royal Gramma Diet & Nutrition: Enjoys brine shrimp or other meaty foods. WIll often accept flake or pellet foods.

Royal Gramma Description: The Royal Gramma is magenta or purple on the front portion of the body, and yellow on the rear portion. it is a hardy, relatively nonaggressive aquarium fish. It will defend a preferred hiding place from intrusion. An ideal fish for the reef aquarium, this durable fish typically does great in any well maintained aquarium. Grammas can be kept in groups in the aquarium, but they should not be overcrowded and should be of varying sizes. Placing one larger fish and several small fish in an aquarium your increasing the chances that you will acquire only one male and several females.

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 aggression has been noted. If two are desired, known mated pairs are best otherwise a 6ft system is suggested. Also, given the small size of this species, predatory or larger carnivorous fish will likely eat it.

Royal Gramma Breeding & Spawning: Pairs are hard to find, but once you have a pair they will readily spawn in aquariums. They require a small cave in which to spawn. When they are ready to spawn they will clean out the caves, line the bottom with Caulerpa and use coral rubble to cover most of the entrance to the cave. Rearing the fry will require rotifers as a starting food followed by brineshrimp.

Determining Royal Gramma Sex: There is no known visible difference between the males and females.

Aquarium Region: Stays near rocks.

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