Australian Bass has a moderately deep, elongated body that is laterally compressed. They have a forked caudal fin and angular anal and soft dorsal fins. Their spiny dorsal fin is of medium height and strong. They have medium-sized mouths and relatively large eyes that can appear dark in low light or red in bright light. The operculum or gill cover on Australian bass carry extremely sharp spines that can cut fishermens' fingers deeply.
Temperature: 14°C - 24°C.
Salinity: freshwater to 20 parts per thousand
pH : 6.8 - 7.2
General Hardness : 50ppm - 150ppm
Australian bass varies in color from gold in clear sandy streams to the more usual bronze or bronze-green coloration in streams with darker substrates and/or some tannin staining to the water.
Australian bass is, overall, a smallish species, averaging in most waters around 0.5 kg and 20–30 cm. A fish of 1 kg or larger is a good specimen. Maximum size appears to be around 2.5 kg and 55 cm in southern waters, and around 3.0 kg and 60–65 cm in northern waters.
They are a predator by nature and do prefer the live foods like Glass Shrimp, insects and smaller fish, but can be trained to eat The frozen and fresh foods like Beef heart, Bloodworms, live blackworms, etc.
While they are juvenile they can be trained to take dried foods like pellets.