The Tobacco Bass body is a light grey on the bottom and a black and silver mottled pattern dorsally, split from each other by an orange band.
This bass is a very hardy aquarium species and does best in the fish only aquarium or reef aquarium with caution. Larger Tobacco Bass can pose a threat to small crustaceans and smaller fishes, especially tiny damselfish, small gobies, and blennies. The Tobacco Bass may try to dominate smaller members of the same species, so it is best to introduce several Tobacco Bass into the aquarium at the same time if the plans are to maintain a small group.
True of all members of the Serranus genus, the Tobacco Bass is hermaphroditic.
As a carnivore, the Tobacco Bass will thrive on a diet of meaty foods such as finely chopped fresh or frozen marine fish, squid, mysis shrimp, enriched brine shrimp and frozen carnivore preparations.