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Chalk Bass
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Chalk Bass (Serranus tortugarum)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Orange, Purple
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 3"
Origin Caribbean, Tropical Western Atlantic
Family Serranidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Chalk Bass, from the Caribbean, is one of the smaller bass within this family, and is a great fish for beginners. The body is orange in color with a purple mid-section. Electric blue vertical bands, which add to their appeal, accentuate these fish.

A 30-gallon aquarium, with plenty of live rock for hiding, is ideal for the Chalk bass. They are not aggressive towards other fish, and multiple specimens can be added to the aquarium, as long as it is at the same time. They will not pick at corals or sessile invertebrates, and are a great fish for the reef aquarium. Larger specimens may attack small shrimps, especially those within the Periclimenes genus.

An extremely hardy fish, the Chalk Bass requires a diet consisting of a variety of chopped meaty items, vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp and flake foods.

Approximate purchase size: Small 1" to 2" Medium 2" to 3"

Customer Testimonials

Debra M Knoxville , TN
This species is not only vibrant in its coloring under reef lighting, it is a very 'nice' active fish. There are three in my tank, with one of the individuals more territorial than the other two. The picture certainly does NOT do this fish species justice. Although there are claims that they school, it does not appear to do as Green Chromis does. However, this it a lovely and entertaing fish that I have never regretted adding to the tank.
Sage S Los Angeles , CA
Ordered three and have had them in my main tank for about a month. They eat well and are a great addition to my tank. Don't seem overly aggressive to anything. Great little guys! Very fun to watch.
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