Scientific Name: Serranus tortugarum
Common Names: Chalk Bass
Maximum Length: 3.1 in
Minimum Aquarium Size: 20 gallons
Aquarium Suitability: Very Hardy
Reef Safe: Yes
Captive Care: With electric-blue vertical bands, this is a beautiful little seabass that thrives even in smaller tanks and is a great choice for beginning aquarists. This little fish does best with plenty of hiding places and nonaggressive tankmates, but is not especially shy. It will spend most of its time hanging a few inches above the bottom or swimming high in the water often in the open. Usually not aggressive, and fares best in small groups that are introduced simultaneously. Individuals will form dominance hierarchies, their pecking order being determined by size. It will not bother crabs or most shrimps, with the possible exception of the delicate Periclimenes species.