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Bluespotted Grouper

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluespotted Grouper
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The Bluespotted Grouper, also known as Blue Dot Grouper, Argus Grouper or Peacock Hind, is primarily mottled brown in color. The fins are dark, and light blue dots cover the entire body. The posterior section of the body has six vertical bands of white.

A 100 gallon or larger aquarium is required due to the size and feeding habits of this fish. It is extremely aggressive and may eat its tank mates as well as crustaceans.

The Bluespotted Grouper prefers a diet of meaty foods such as krill, shrimp, and other small fish.

Like other groupers, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Eels, Lionfish & Scorpionfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

They are not compatible with: Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Butterflyfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Gobies, Groupers, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Seahorses & Pipefish and Squirrelfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Bluespotted Grouper (Cephalopholis argus)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 16 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 100 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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