Aquarium Fish

Flagtail Grouper

posted: 05/15/12
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Flagtail Grouper
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The Flagtail Grouper is known by many names including the Darkfin Hind, Banded-tail Coral-cod, the V-tail Grouper, and in the commercial trade as Red Flag Grouper. It has a red body, sometimes mottled with white. The two white stripes on the caudal fin (tail) appear to form a "V."

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

The Flagtail 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: Flagtail Grouper (Cephalopholis urodelus, Cephalopholis urodeta)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 11 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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