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Tobacco Bass - Serranus tabacarius - Small

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Tobacco Basses (Serranus tabacarius, also called the Tobacco fish) have irregular light and dark bands along their dorsal area and are flanked with bright orange sides. They are one of the larger Serranus basses and will get along with most larger community fish.

Basses and basslets from the Serranus genus vary in appearance and size but are similar in care and relative temperament. They are Reef Safe, spending much of their time perching in, on, and around rockwork and caves. They may become territorial and should not be kept with extremely small, passive or skittish fish. They also may prey on smaller crustaceans like shrimp and crabs.

These fish are generally not picky eaters and will accept a wide variety of foods. Some may eat prepared pellets and flakes with time but a varied meaty diet is best. They can be given frozen or fresh shrimp, clam, scallop, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill and similar items. The size of the piece should be suitable to the size of the fish being fed.

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Common NameTobacco Bass - Small
Scientific NameSerranus tabacarius
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes, with caution
Max Size (in inches)7
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
Originwestern Atlantic
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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