With beautiful body markings, the Lantern Basslet makes a beautiful addition to a reef tank. It is commonly referred to as the lantern bass, lantern basslet, Baldwin's serranid, Baldwin's dwarf basslet. It does not bother any small ornamental crustaceans such as sessile invertebrates in the tank that is why it is considered safe for reef tank but with caution as it can disturb small shrimp or fish. The Lantern Basslet grows up to 4-5 inches, and should not be kept in a tank less than 30 gallon. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Lantern Basslet is very easy to care and hardy in nature, therefore can become a very good choice for a beginner aquarist. The Lantern Basslet is a carnivore, and can be fed with meaty foods that may include chopped seafoods, mysis shrimps, and frozen preparation. It can be fed twice a day for its continued good health. Since it is semi-aggressive, it is better to keep the Lantern Basslet singly unless a bigger aquarium is provided. It might bully a few benthic fishes, such as small gobies, and hawk fishes, and should not be housed with these fishes. The Lantern Basslet should be provided with lots of hiding places and rubble in which it can hide safely. It likes to swim and perch around sandy bottoms and rockwork, therefore lots of live rocks should be kept in an aquarium.
The Lantern Basslet is mostly red to purple on its forebody. Its rear body is mostly white and the base of its tail is marked with several black spots. These fish like holes and crevices to hide in or to rest on the bottom while they await food.The family of Basslets are closely related to Seabasses, which include Groupers.These relatively small fish are usually very colorful in nature and have large eyes.The Basslets are often found along reef walls in both shallow and deep waters. Thesefish spend their lives mostly hidden within small recesses which they rarely venturefar from.