Tobacco Bass - Serranus tabacarius - Small
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 Name||Tobacco Bass - Small|
|Scientific Name||Serranus tabacarius|
|Difficulty||Easy to Moderate|
|Invert Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Community Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Max Size (in inches)||7|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||55|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.020-1.024|
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