Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Stafford, Virginia, United States
Posted Jan 12, 2017
Royal Gammas are great fish for beginning saltwater aquarium owners. Full grown, they are only about three inches and do not require large tanks. These fish are extremely hardy and do not develop conditions, such as ich, easily like other fish. They can be kept in tanks of at least ten gallons and require several rocks for hiding as they need their own personal space to feel safe. As they are docile fish, they are great to keep in a tank with other fish that are non-aggressive. However, if their territory is invaded or if there are small fish in the tank, they can become slightly aggressive and territorial.
The Royal Gamma is a beautiful fish with vibrant colors of yellow and purple, making it a great fish to add color to a tank. These fish are wonderful eaters and are certainly not picky as they will eat brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp, fish, and clams (if they are all are finely chopped). Since Royal Gammas are extremely easy to keep happy and healthy, first time aquarium owners with or without children can purchase them, as they are easy to maintain. While they like hiding, they are not scared easily like other fish and can better tolerate children who want to closely inspect them (although no fish will ever tolerate tapping on the glass). If you want a fish that is easy to care for and is relatively compatible with other fish of their nature, then the Royal Gamma could be the perfect addition to any well established tank.