Aquarium Fish

Panther Grouper

posted: 05/15/12
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Panther Grouper
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The Panther Grouper, also known as the Polka-Dot Grouper, is an off-white fish with polka-dots over the entire body. It is found in crevices and swims along the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, where it can attain a size of up to 20" (50 cm). The polka-dots camouflage the fish and act as a disrupter by breaking up the body shape so that other fish and would-be predators cannot identify it.

This is a very hardy and long-lived animal provided it is kept in an ample-sized, fish-only aquarium of 100 gallons or larger, with sufficient filtration. The Panther Grouper will eat any fish and invertebrates it can swallow.

In the aquarium, it can be fed a number of different foods such as dried or fresh fish, squid, prawns, silversides, freeze-dried krill, or other comparable foods.

Fish Facts

Name: Panther Grouper (Cromileptes altivelis)

Family: Serranidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 20 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: 100 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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