Introducing the New ORA Chalk Bass

31 Jul, 2020

ORA’s latest introduction is a captive-bred Chalk Bass, Serranus tortugarum, one of the more difficult-to-produce pelagic spawning marine fishes.

via Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums

The newest release in the ORA lineup of aquacultured species is here, and it’s one that can’t be overlooked! The ORA Chalk Bass (Serranus tortugarum) boasts a striking teal-and-pink coloration highlighted by a bold bar pattern running throughout its body and dorsal fin.

Don’t let its small stature fool you; these fish are BIG on personality, and once acclimated into your home aquarium, they can put on quite a show. Their resilience, peaceful temperament, small size, and vibrant coloration make this Caribbean species an excellent candidate for all experience levels within the hobby. They make a perfect addition to any home aquarium in need of flashy color and captivating personality in systems as small as 30 gallons.

Topping out at about 4” in length, ORA Chalk Bass are not known to be aggressive towards tankmates or a threat to corals; however, as with most bass, they may prey on small invertebrates that can easily fit in their mouths.

Visit to learn more and explore additional captive-bred species ORA is shipping worldwide! Don’t forget to follow our aquaculture journey via our social media @orafarm.

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Editor’s Note: In an interesting and exciting series of events, Bocas Mariculture succeeded in the first captive-breeding success of this species, only weeks before ORA privately shared their own success. CORAL editors are currently producing a joint interview with the two professional aquarists, Till Deuss (Bocas) and Adam Heinrich (ORA), who are responsible for this nearly simultaneous accomplishment, planned for a future issue of CORAL.



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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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