Aquarium Fish

Miniata Grouper

posted: 05/15/12
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Miniata Grouper
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The Miniata Grouper, also known as the Miniatus Grouper, Coral or Blue-Spot Rockcod, Coral Hind, and Coral Grouper, is a common and popular fish along the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific, and it makes a most spectacular addition to a large home aquarium. In the wild, it can attain sizes up to 18", but tank specimens rarely exceed a foot in length.

The Miniata Grouper is a large and very hardy fish which requires a large aquarium. It can be compatible with other fish provided they are too large to be eaten. It should not be trusted around invertebrates or small fish.

In the wild, this reef predator commonly attacks schools of reef-dwelling fish. In the aquarium, freeze-dried krill soaked in Selcon, feeder goldfish, or squid are acceptable.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Miniata Grouper (Cephalopholis miniata)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 14 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 78.8°F; sg 1.022; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 125 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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