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Leaflip Grouper

posted: 05/15/12
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Leaflip Grouper
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The Leaflip Grouper, also known as the Spotted Soapfish, Snowflake Soapfish, or Leaflip Soapfish, is silverish-brown with white spotting over the entire body. It has black tiger stripes along its dorsal edge.

A 70 gallon or larger aquarium is required due to its size and eating habits. It is an aggressive fish and may eat tank mates as well as crustaceans. The mucous of the coat is toxic and deters other fish from trying to eat it.

The Leaflip 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: Leaflip Grouper (Pogonoperca punctata)

Family: Grammistidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 14 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: 70 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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