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Scat

posted: 05/15/12
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The Green Scat is a bronze to brown color with dark green to black spots covering the entire body. The Ruby Scat is a bronze to brown color with flecks of red over the body. As the scat matures, it takes on a humpback appearance and the spots on the body become darker.

The Scat requires an aquarium of at least 50 gallons with plenty of plants and hiding places. It does best in brackish water with 3-4 teaspoons of salt per 2-1/2 gallons of water. It is important to choose live plants that thrive in brackish water.

The Scat spawns in the saltwater of the ocean, but the difference between the sexes and their breeding habits are unknown. Gradual change from brackish to saltwater will maximize the coloration and health of the fish as it becomes older.

The Scat should be fed mainly vegetable-based foods with meaty foods offered on occasion. Feed dried seaweed, lettuce, algae, a quality flake food, and occasionally, brine shrimp.

Ideal tank mates include: Puffers, Scats, Monos, Archers and other Brackish Fish.

Fish Facts

Name: Scat (Scatophagus argus)

Family: Scatophagidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 12 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater, Brackish, Marine: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 68-82°F; pH 7.6-7.8; dH to 15

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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