The mature Bumblebee Grouper is very solitaire and slow moving; this beast that will devour anything that looks like a meal that will fit in it's gaping greedy mouth; choose tank mates wisely and be warned. Be prepared to have a 300-500 gallon tank or more to house but very doable in smaller aquarium to start for a while.
The Bumblebee Grouper is a true classic of the fish world and sure to draw a large audience in any arena. Feed a variety of meaty foods such as silver sides and frozen shrimp.
Try saturating food in liquid vitamins and garlic for good fish health. Groupers tend to grow rather big, but some species have been successfully kept by aquariums with large aquariums.
It lives in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea down to South Africa and eastwards to Hawaii and Micronesia. In the western Pacific, you can find Bumblebee groupers from southern Japan to Australia.
The Bumblebee grouper is normally seen in lagoons and around coral reefs, but it has also been observed over rocky bottoms, mudflats, among seagrass and out in pelagic and pelagic waters. The Bumblebee grouper has been found down to a dept of 100 meters (330 feet), but it is more commonly encountered in shallower water.
Epimetheus lanceolatus is too uncommon to be of any major commercial importance for large fisheries, but it is a popular species in the live reef food-fish trade in South East Asia, especially in China and in regions with a significant Chinese population. Large specimens are stringy with a strong flavor and are therefore not very appreciated as food fish.
Small specimens are on the other hand considered a delicacy and the meat is appreciated worldwide. (1 kg = 2.2 lbs) Epimetheus lanceolatus is caught to satisfy the global aquarium trade.
The thick walled stomach of Epimetheus lanceolatus sells for a high price. What we do know is that this species have a minimum population doubling time that exceeds 14 years, which makes it vulnerable.
The Bumblebee grouper doesn’t reach sexually maturity until it is 105-130 cm (-3.4-4.3 feet) in size. Many fish traders in Hong Kong and mainland China are today offering live Bumblebee groupers from full cycle hatchery cultures in China and Taiwan and this will hopefully decrease the pressure on our remaining wild populations.
In the Northern Territory, no species of the genus Epinephelusmay be taken if it exceeds 120 cm (almost 4 feet) in length. India has imposed a total ban on capture and sale of Epimetheus lanceolatus in the Union Territory of Andaman Islands.
In mainland India, Epimetheus lanceolatus is on the banned list of species for fishing. Author, inventor and avid scuba diver Arthur C. Clarke did for instance report seeing an approximately 20 feet (over 6 meter) long grouper in a sunken floating dock of the coast of Sri Lanka.
There are aquarium keepers that have kept bumblebee groupers successfully in freshwater for several years but this is not recommended, and they will eventually need to be moved to saltwater environment. If you want to keep a Bumblebee grouper, you must provide it with an aquarium that mimics its natural habitat in the ocean.
If possible, give your grouper a suitably sized cave or similar where it can live, just as it would in the wild. The Bumblebee grouper will not harm corals in the aquarium, but it will eat any fish small enough to defeat.
It doesn’t seem to migrate and it likes to seek out a suitable cave or wreck and spend most of its time there. In the wild, the Bumblebee grouper is a carnivore fish that feeds on a lot of different animals and swallow all its preys whole.
It is very fond of the spiny lobsters that inhabit coral reefs and rocky environments in the ocean, but will also eat young sea turtles and many types of fish, including small sharks and members of the super order Avoided. Bumblebee groupers living in South African estuaries feed chiefly on mud crabs.
The Bumblebee grouper is believed to reach sexual maturity when it is around 105-130 cm (-3.4-4.3 feet) long. There is however anecdotal reports of such occurrences and interviews with fishermen indicate that Bumblebee groupers might congregate to spawn in the waters of eastern Indonesia.
It was 7-8 inches, and they were asking $150, but It was saltwater, the lady said they never live in freshwater and should stay in salt and I told that she was crazy. I've been in the marine hobby for a number of years and never heard of someone changing a grouper to fresh or even brackish water.
The only fish I know of that can go from salt to fresh and back again is a molly. Marine fish should stay marine unless you want to drastic shorten their lifespan or most likely kill them.
I know bumblebee groupers change to salt, but isn't that when they are older and when young they stay in fresh. From what I heard these types of grouper can be from saltwater to freshwater. Vise versa. Should be able to.
Long term effect... I really don't know since I don't have one, and they cost a fortune to get one. Unfortunately you are wrong, the groupers are part of the family Serranidae, almost all are salt water but a few are brackish, some spend part of their time in freshwater, and one is a freshwater to brackish water fish and (as far as I know) has never been found in full seawater.
It is the white-dotted grouper (Epinephalus poly stigma), it is an attractive fish that I have never seen sold, pity, because it would be perfect, getting to a max of just under 16" and breeding in brackish and freshwater as small as 8" long. Here is a picture by Randall. The Bumblebee grouper is a huge and rather unattractive fish as an adult and has been recorded at around 10' long and 800 lbs.
Keeping them in freshwater lowers there resistance to disease and I have found no records of them reaching anywhere near maturity in FW, they seem to require more and more salt as they age and by the time they are 4-5' long (in the wild) they are solitary hunters near reef systems. IMO they are not a good choice for private fish keepers.
Hawaiin, it says super show special price. I laughed in their face, because even I knew that I'm not cycling a tank with a 500 dollar eel.
There are 3 pieces of fake rock in the tank, and every time he tries to hide between one of the 3, but he's too long, so he sticks out. Hmmm, if you want him, ask if they would let you put him back and pay for him now, just keep him until your tank is does cycling, b/c that is a darn good price some LFS's will do this for you, esp if they want to sell it, this way it is a guaranteed sale, whereas they would be waiting on a possible sale.
With another fish($50 range) I could see them saying no, but how often do you suppose they sell $500+ fishes, THEY WOULD PROBABLY BE HAPPY TO CALL THAT ONE A SALE, and help you out instead of taking a chance on you going somewhere else with that same $500 and meanwhile no one buys the eel Bumblebee or lance lotus groupers are great fish.
His went from a couple of ounces to 2 lbs in a very short period of time. He feeds it live mullet that he cast nets in the river.
The Jewish I know, now the politically correct Goliath grouper (Epinphelus Tamara) is a protected species. Ed, I don't think Jewish are being raised for food as the gov't really is strict about them.
If the FMP or another organization catches you with one (bat captive or for food) you are looking at strict fines, and possible jail time. I've spent a lot of $ buying more than 10pcs of bumblebee grouper.
Till recently I went Taiwan and saw a fish shop with a bumblebee grouper around 8". Then owner taught me how to convert it to fully fresh water hence I went auntie shop and purchased 2 bumblebee grouper.
Really nice attempt too bad both of them were too shy to face the camera Are you going to share the tip on how to fully convert to fresh water here? Just use patience to convert it slowly and not just buy and dump the fish into fresh water directly.
And also freshwater fish keeping already come to a limit or else GT etc won have appeared Not easy for them to adapt to freshwater when the body is build for saltwater.
Not easy for them to adapt to freshwater when the body is build for saltwater. Though I agree and understand Bro CAQ's point, however I have reservations.
If yes, then it may be deadly or more difficult for them to live in saltwater environment again. Their tolerance and acceptance level may have been changed during the converting process.
Not easy for them to adapt to freshwater when the body is build for saltwater. That is y those u saw LFS selling ones r not fully converted hence easy died.
Though I agree and understand Bro CAQ's point, however I have reservations. If yes, then it may be deadly or more difficult for them to live in saltwater environment again.
Their tolerance and acceptance level may have been changed during the converting process. I read somewhere the fish will dehydrate when the salt level is diff.