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Lyretail Grouper

posted: 05/15/12
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Lyretail Grouper
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As a juvenile, the Lyretail Grouper, also known as the Coronation Grouper, or Red Louti Grouper, is orange dorsally, and yellowish-white ventrally, with multiple spots. It often has some black patches separating the dorsal and ventral halves. As an adult, the body darkens to a deeper red or maroon, with multiple spots, and the tail takes on a lyre shape.

A 300 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 Lyretail 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.

Fish Facts

Name: Lyretail Grouper (Variola louti)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 36 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: 300 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: ModerateLevel

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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