Peppermint Bass, also called Swissguard Bass, Lipropoma rubre, is a somewhat rare bass found throughout the Caribbean and occasionally in the Florida Keys. They are usually found in deeper water, and usually hidden in the deep, dark recesses of the reef. They are probably more common that we think, but because they tend to prefer to be stay up inside coral heads and under ledges, they aren’t often seen and are even less often collected.
They are small fish, rarely getting over 3″ long, and the size we sell is about 2 1/2″ long. Although they live in deep water and are secretive, they adjust well to aquarium life and are quite hardy. We always make sure they are eating dry food before we send them out, so you can pretty much be assured that they will adjust quickly to your tank . They aren’t agressive and seem to get along with most other small fish.
Please Note: Any new fish purchased from us or from a local pet store should to be quarantined. All fish from anywhere in the wild can be possible carriers of bacteria and protozoa that can lead to an infection in your system, so we always recommend that you use some sort of quarantine system prior to adding them to your system. If you have a fish only system and can medicate the whole system, you may not need a separate quarantine tank. If you have a reef system that cannot be medicated, a good ultraviolet sterilization system should prevent any kind of disease outbreak. We medicate our system for bacterial infections and protozoans, but because we dont always hold our fish for long periods of time, there is no way to be sure all the protozoan cysts have been killed. A little bit of prevention will save you lots of trouble down the line.