The Tobacco Basslet is commonly referred to as the Tobacco Fish and the Tobacco Bass. With its light gray colored body along with black and silver mottled pattern on the top which are split from each other by an orange band, the Tobacco Basslet makes a gorgeous addition to any tank. The Tobacco Basslet is a hardy aquarium species; however, caution must be used when housed in a reef tank, since it poses a threat to small crustaceans. It should not be housed with small and fish, especially damselfish, gobies, and blennies. Instead it should be kept only one per tank of 50 gallons. It is best if the Tobacco Basslet is introduced into the aquarium at the same time as other fish. The Tobacco Basslet is a carnivore and it will thrive on a diet of meaty foods such as finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysis shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations. It grows up to 7 inches in the wild and need a larger aquarium. The Tobacco Basslet thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It needs a brightly lit aquarium and feeding should be 1 to 2 times per day.
The Tobacco Basslet, a.k.a. the Tobaccofish, has a long slender tobacco colored body with white markings along its dorsal area. The belly of the fish is also white. These fish like to hover near the bottom.This basslet is does well in captivity and kept in a reef with caution. It can pose a threat to small crustaceans and fish, especially damselfish, gobies, and blennies. A single fish should be kept in a minimum of a 50-gallon tank, while more than one requires at least 100 gallons. The Tobacco Fish may try to dominate smaller members of the same species. It is best to introduce the Tobacco Basslet into the aquarium at the same time as other fish.The Tobacco Basslet is hermaphroditic.As a carnivore, the Tobacco Basslet should be fed a diet of meaty foods such as finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysid shrimp, and frozen carnivore preparations.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.