Tobacco Bass, Serranus tabacarius, is a fairly common mid depth reef fish that spends most of its time close to sandy bottom habitats. These bass can grow up top about 7″, but the size we generally sell are about 2″ to 3″, which is an ideal size for most aquariums. These are quite attractive fish and they maintain the same color patterns through out their lives, so as it grows it will still look good.
Tobacco bass are easy to care for and will greedily eat most foods. When they are small they will not bother many other fish and will leave peacefully with just about any fish, but as they get bigger, new additions of smaller fish or shrimp could be a problem because of their aggressive feeding behavior.
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.