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Are Panther Grouper Reef Safe

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David Lawrence
• Friday, 27 November, 2020
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The PantherGrouper can get to be about 27 inches (70 cm) when fully grown, and they eat like it's going out of style. To adequately keep them you should be thinking about a 300 plus gallon aquarium (1135 liters).

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The juvenile groupers around 3 or 4 inches are collected on the reef and sold to stores, but they can quickly outgrow most tanks. The larger groupers are a food fish and sold in Asian markets.

They will eat most meaty type fish foods such as silver sides, crustaceans, squid, etc. So lots of cover (live rock) will be needed to help make them feel secure.

As they grow they will become bolder but for the most part will leave other similarly sized fish alone, including other Panther Groupers. Breeding : Fish base reports a spawning event in 1979 but the eggs died.

Will eat crustaceans and smaller fish but should leave the corals alone. Large adult specimens often have a little duller coloration with gray areas but are still very beautiful.

The Panther grouper is very popular and periodically available; if you have patience it shouldn't be hard to find this species for sale sooner or later. Many consider it the easiest marine fish in the world to care for and adult specimens of this species are often used to help cycle new aquariums.

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The Panther grouper price is usually quite low and you should be able to buy one for $20-30 (2008) in the United States as well as online. Never keep it with small fish like damsels or clowns as they will end up as food sooner or later.

It inhabits a depth of 0–130 ft / 0-40 m and is an appreciated food fish throughout most of is native range. This is a large predatory fish that produces a lot of waste and good filtration and well circulated water is therefore a must.

In the wild, this species swims along the reefs hunting for pray and you should keep this in mind when decorating your aquarium. They prefer an aquarium with suitable sized hiding places in caves and overhangs as well a lot of open space to swim in.

Ideal conditions for the Polka dot grouper (Panther grouper) is pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.022-1.025, and temperature 75-78ºF (24-26 °C). The Panther or Polka dot grouper is a prefatory fish that will eat anything that fits into its mouth.

They are easy to feed and many (but not all) individuals will accept marine pellets after training. It has been successfully induced to spawn in captivity one time, but the fry died within a week.

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(Experiment on artificial propagation of the high-finned grouper, Completes actively by Tang et al., 1979.) General With beautiful black polka dots over its serene off-white body, the PantherGrouper makes a stunning addition to any aquarium.

The PantherGrouper has a distinctive feature of breaking up the body shape that smothers it from the predators. It is very important that the aquarium should have sufficient filtration to maintain the quality of water, as the PantherGrouper produces a large amount of waste.

It seems to be tolerant of copper treatments and is considered as a good candidate for hypo salinity therapy. It grows very quickly and is hardy in nature that makes it resistant to many fish infections or diseases.

The PantherGrouper has a distinctive feature of breaking up the body shape that smothers it from the predators. It is very important that the aquarium should have sufficient filtration to maintain the quality of water, as the PantherGrouper produces a large amount of waste.

It seems to be tolerant of copper treatments and is considered as a good candidate for hypo salinity therapy. It grows very quickly and is hardy in nature that makes it resistant to many fish infections or diseases.

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And a bunch of other tanks ranging from small to huge. Yeah I understand the big/massive part just wondering if you could keep one in a reef with a few sacrifices, and the only reason I said to get a small one was to lessen chances of aggression between the inhabitants of the tank.

And a bunch of other tanks ranging from small to huge. They would quickly outgrow the other tank mates and consume them.

Other than they'll eat anything fish or invert-wise that can fit into their mouth, they aren't usually a problem. I've got one that's about 2' long in the 1000. He has not bothered hermit crabs (large ones that were also 'donated') I've also got a Bahama Star and a huge Chocolate Chip Star that were also 'gifts'... my 1000 g is a last stop for stuff that people can't take care of any more By the time that grouper is finished growing, it will likely be 3' long.

Tags chocolate chip star, hermit crab, lunar wrasse Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests) Posting Rules You may not post new threads Juveniles display fewer, larger black spots, against a bright white background.

These black spots become smaller and more plentiful as the fish matures and the white becomes more grayish. This unusual fish is also unique amongst the groupers in having an elongate, slender head that rises sharply at the nape of the neck, giving the species the distinctive ‘humpback’ appearance.

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The long dorsal fin begins at the top of this ‘hump’ and extends almost the entire length of the body. These large and graceful fins together with its body shape and coloration serves the purpose of camouflage.

Panther Groupers are relatively slow swimmers; they prefer to cruise about the reef looking for possible meals and patrolling their territory. The PantherGrouper is very popular and periodically available; if you have patience it shouldn’t be hard to find this species for sale sooner or later at your local fish store.

The PantherGrouper lives a long time (with proper care) and is a very hardy fish. Many consider it one of the easiest marine fish to care for and adult specimens of this species are often used to help cycle new aquariums.

I am sure many eager fish keepers have been lured into buying one due to their beauty and the fact that they are mostly sold when they are small, around 5-10 cm in size. As these fish can consume large amounts of meaty foods you filtration will need to be good.

A good quality large protein skimmer along with frequent water changes will do the trick. In the wild, this species swims along the reefs hunting for prey and you should keep this in mind when decorating your aquarium.

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They prefer an aquarium with suitably sized hiding places in caves and overhangs as well a lot of open space to swim in. Tank mates for the PantherGrouper include some Tangs, Wrasses, Angelfish, Trigger fish, Eels, Sharks, and Lionfish.

The PantherGrouper is a predator of smaller fish and some ornamental invertebrates, so caution should be exercised there. Never keep it with small fish like damsels or clowns as they will end up as food sooner or later.

Goldfish or other freshwater feeder fish are not a good food choice as they lack the nutrients that the PantherGrouper needs to maintain a healthy immune system. While this is not a guarantee for success, it will greatly enhance the odds of the two groupers finding a balance of territory and co-existing peacefully.

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Sources
1 en.wikipedia.org - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_grouper
2 www.aquariumofpacific.org - https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/onlinelearningcenter/species/queensland_grouper
3 fishesofaustralia.net.au - https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4672