Rubre Swissguard Basslet

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Rubre Swissguard Basslet, Liopropoma rubre

  • Common Name: Rubre Swissguard Basslet
  • Latin Name: Liopropoma rubre
  • Distribution: The Rubre Swissguard Basslet is not naturally occurring and is a selectively bred strain of Liopropoma rubre. The original wild fish of Liopropoma rubre can be found in the Western Atlantic Ocean, specifically in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Max Size: The Rubre Swissguard Basslet typically reaches a maximum size of around 3 inches (7.5 cm).
  • Temperature Range: They thrive in a temperature range of 75-80°F (24-27°C).
  • pH Range: They prefer a pH range of 8.1-8.4.
  • KH Range: They prefer a KH range of 8-12 dKH.
  • Care Level: The Rubre Swissguard Basslet is considered moderately challenging to care for. They require stable water parameters and a well-maintained aquarium environment.
  • Lighting Preference: They do well under moderate to high lighting levels, which helps showcase their vibrant colours.
  • Preferred Food: These basslets are carnivorous and should be fed a varied diet consisting of high-quality frozen and live meaty foods. Suitable options include small crustaceans, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and finely chopped fish.
  • Behaviour: Rubre Swissguard Basslets are generally peaceful and can be kept in small groups or as individuals. They are known to be territorial and may exhibit aggression towards similar-looking species or individuals of the same species.
  • Suitable for Reef Tanks: Rubre Swissguard Basslets are generally considered suitable for reef tanks. However, caution should be exercised when keeping them with small, delicate invertebrates as they may nip at corals or other sessile invertebrates.
  • Discoverer: The Rubre Swissguard Basslet is a selectively bred strain, and there isn’t a specific discoverer associated with it.
  • Interesting Facts:
  1. The Rubre Swissguard Basslet is highly sought after for its stunning red colouration, making it a popular choice among reef aquarium enthusiasts.
  2.  They are known for their secretive nature, often hiding within rockwork or seeking shelter in caves and crevices.
  3. Due to their delicate nature, it is important to provide them with a well-established and stable aquarium environment to ensure their long-term health and well-being.
  4. Selective breeding has resulted in the development of various colour morphs and strains of the Liopropoma rubre species, including the Rubre Swissguard Basslet, each with unique colour patterns.
  5. They have a long lifespan compared to many other fish species, with proper care and a suitable environment allowing them to live for many years in captivity.

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The Rubre Swissguard Basslet, scientifically known as Liopropoma rubre, is a small and strikingly colourful fish. It reaches a maximum size of around 3 inches (7.5 cm). This basslet species has an elongated body with a slightly compressed shape. It showcases a vibrant red coloration throughout its body, which makes it a visually stunning addition to any aquarium. The fins of the Rubre Swissguard Basslet are also adorned with beautiful red hues, complementing its overall appearance.

Natural Habitat:

In its natural habitat, the Rubre Swissguard Basslet can be found in the Western Atlantic Ocean, specifically in the Caribbean Sea. They inhabit coral reefs and rocky areas with abundant hiding spots such as caves, crevices, and coral formations. These areas provide the basslet with shelter and protection from predators, as well as a suitable environment for foraging.

Keeping the Rubre Swissguard Basslet Healthy:

These fish requires a well-maintained aquarium environment to thrive. It is considered moderately challenging to care for due to its specific requirements. Maintaining stable water parameters, including temperature, pH, and KH levels, is crucial for their well-being. They prefer a temperature range of 75-80°F (24-27°C), a pH range of 8.1-8.4, and a KH range of 8-12 dKH. Regular water testing and appropriate adjustments are necessary to ensure optimal conditions.

Special Requirements and Feeding:

The Rubre Swissguard Basslet is a carnivorous species, and its diet should consist of high-quality meaty foods. Offer a varied diet that includes small crustaceans, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and finely chopped fish. It is recommended to feed them multiple small meals throughout the day to mimic their natural feeding behaviour. Providing live or frozen foods will help maintain their health and vibrant coloration.

How Many Should I Keep:

The Rubre Swissguard Basslet can be kept as a solitary fish or in small groups, depending on the size of the aquarium. If keeping them in a group, ensure there is ample space and hiding spots to minimize aggression and territorial behaviour. A general guideline is to provide at least 20 gallons (75 litres) of tank capacity per fish.

Lighting Preference:

These basslets do well under moderate to high lighting levels in the aquarium. Proper lighting helps enhance their vibrant red coloration and brings out their natural beauty. Consider providing a lighting setup that replicates the intensity and spectrum found in their natural reef habitat.

Suitable Tank Mates:

The Rubre Swissguard Basslet is generally peaceful but can exhibit territorial behaviour towards similar-looking species or conspecifics. Suitable tank mates include peaceful reef-safe fish species such as small gobies, dartfish, or other non-aggressive community fish. Avoid housing them with larger, aggressive species or those known to nip at the fins of smaller fish.

Breeding Liopropoma rubre:

Breeding the Rubre Swissguard Basslet, Liopropoma rubre, in a home aquarium setting is a challenging endeavour. The specific breeding behaviour and requirements of this species are not extensively documented, and successful captive breeding attempts are relatively rare.

  1. Set up

To increase the chances of successful breeding, it is recommended to provide the basslets with an environment that closely resembles their natural habitat. This includes offering appropriate hiding spots, such as caves or crevices, where the breeding pair can lay their eggs and protect them from potential predators.

Creating a separate breeding tank or utilizing a partition within the main tank can help isolate the breeding pair and reduce potential aggression from other tank mates. The water parameters should be maintained at optimal levels, including a stable temperature ranging from 76-80°F (24-27°C), a pH level around 8.1-8.4, and a KH range of 8-12 dKH.

  1. Diet

Feeding the breeding pair a nutritious diet rich in live or frozen foods can also contribute to their overall health and reproductive success. Offer them a variety of small crustaceans, brine shrimp, and finely chopped fish to ensure they receive the necessary nutrients.

  1. Eggs

When conditions are favourable, the female Rubre Swissguard Basslet will lay a clutch of adhesive eggs on a suitable surface within their chosen hiding spot. The male will then fertilize the eggs, and both parents will take turns guarding and aerating the eggs until they hatch.

  1. Rearing

However, successfully rearing the fry from the hatching stage to juveniles can be extremely challenging. The fry are tiny and require specialized care, including providing them with live rotifers or other suitable food sources in order to ensure proper nutrition and growth. The rearing tank should have pristine water quality and appropriate live foods available to support their development.

It’s important to note that breeding the Rubre Swissguard Basslet is a complex and rare achievement, requiring a significant level of expertise, specialized equipment, and patience. Therefore, it is often more feasible to obtain this species from reputable sources rather than relying on captive-bred specimens.

Sexual Dimorphism:

There is limited information available regarding the sexual dimorphism of the Rubre Swissguard Basslet. In general, it is challenging to visually distinguish between males and females in this species without close examination or specialized techniques.


The Rubre Swissguard Basslet, Liopropoma rubre, is naturally found in the Western Atlantic Ocean, specifically in the Caribbean Sea. Its distribution includes regions such as the Bahamas, Florida Keys, and various Caribbean islands. It inhabits reef systems in these areas, where it can be encountered among coral formations and rocky outcrops.


The Rubre Swissguard Basslet, or Liopropoma rubre, is a captivating fish known for its vibrant red coloration and small size. While it adds a beautiful touch to aquariums, it requires careful attention to maintain its delicate nature. With appropriate water parameters, a varied carnivorous diet, and suitable tank mates, these fish can thrive in a well-maintained reef tank. Although breeding this species is challenging and not well-documented, providing optimal conditions can contribute to their overall health and well-being.


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  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
  2. Delivery Date and Time Guarantee: While the store aims to dispatch orders promptly, they cannot guarantee a specific delivery date and time. As the delivery process relies on couriers, there may be factors beyond their control that could affect the delivery timeframe.
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  5. APC Next Day Delivery: APC Next Day delivery is available for UK mainland postcodes. It is usually delivered on the next working day after dispatch. However, please note that items being delivered to more remote areas may require additional time for delivery.

It’s important to keep in mind that while the store strives to provide efficient delivery services, unforeseen circumstances or external factors could potentially impact delivery times. For further details or specific inquiries about delivery, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
  2. Postcodes: Livestock delivery is not available to the following postcodes:
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  • PH3 to PH26, PH30 to PH44
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Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

We can ship livestock to the Isle of Wight, this area is subject to a surcharge.

For further information or specific inquiries about livestock delivery to a particular area, customers are advised to contact the store directly for clarification.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the right to cancel an order within 14 working days of receiving the goods. To initiate the cancellation, the goods must be returned to the store in new and unused condition, adhering to their Returns Policy.

Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
  4. Refund of Postage Costs for Replacement: If goods are being returned within 7 days of purchase under the Replacement Policy, the store can refund postage costs. However, the customer needs to agree on a delivery service with the store in advance, and only standard or tracked shipping fees will be refunded. The store cannot refund the cost of any special delivery service.
  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.


If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Manufacturer’s Guarantees

The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.