Blackcap Basslet (Gramma melacara)
Family: Grammatidae (Grammas)
Natural Range: Caribbean Ocean
Depth: 39 to 351 ft. Size: 3.5 in. Jumps: Likely Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Natural History: Blackcap Basslets are found at their greatest density at over 250 foot depth. They prefer the vertical relief of overhangs, caves and ledges of walls and slopes. It is often the dominant species at great depths.
Husbandry: Blackcap Basslets are found a greater depths than most reef fish so dim light may be better for their care. After acclimation they may become quite aggressive with their tankmates. They need hiding places to become comfortable but will defend the refuge against all intruders.
Reproduction: This species has been bred in captivity. A pair builds a nest hole into which the female lays the eggs over a period of days. Eggs hatch after 7 days and the larvae are able to feed on rotifers.
AKA: Blackcap Gramma
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