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Forktail Pygmy Basslet - Blue


Pygmy Basslets
Forktail Pygmy Basslet - Blue
Assessor macneilli
Place of origin: 
Coral Sea
Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Coastal to inner reefs, usually in sheltered parts of reef channels where in schools in large caves or below overhangs. Typically upside-down in caves or with belly towards vertical walls. When on the bottom of an aquarium it usually swims the right way up. Spawns in captivity when given the right conditions. Identified by the dark blue colour, shape and behaviour. Length to 60mm. 

Basslets are small, tropical, and often colourful percoid fishes found on reefs. Most of these fishes feed on small swimming or crawling prey, usually remain small when fully grown, and often are exceptionally colourful. However, a few grow to medium size and some related species living in cool waters can reach about 50cm in length. The smaller, and usually the more colourful species are ideal candidates for the reef-aquarium that supports living corals or other various invertebrates.

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