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Spotted Grouper Aquarium

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Brent Mccoy
• Thursday, 23 September, 2021
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Most Groupers will grow well over 12 inches in captivity and need a large tank full of swimming room and hiding places to thrive. Groupers can be kept in reef tanks, but will eat smaller fish and shrimp given the chance.

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Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that they can swallow whole and behave aggressively towards tank mates that intrude into its preferred hiding place. Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed.

And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility: with caution Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8" Small$199.99Medium$249.99Large$349.99XLarge$449.99Aquarium ConditionedBlue SpottedGrouperCephalopholis Argus YouTube Video of the Blue SpottedGrouper Description:The Blue Spot Grouper is a common favorite among aquariums with Fowler (Fish Only With Live Rock) aquariums.

Blue spotted Groupers are found living near coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific where they hunt for small fish or invertebrates to consume. The Blue Spot Groupers body is a mottled brown and tan color with six article white bands running from just behind the pectoral fins to the tail fin.

The white bands can appear anywhere from very prominent to almost completely faded depending on the aquarium environment and the fishes current disposition. Tank Recommendations: While this fish is considered easy to keep, it does require excellent water conditions in addition to a large aquarium to be properly housed.

Since Blue spotted Groupers eat large meaty items, they create a lot of waste products, therefore it is important to have a very strong biological filter setup to handle the load this and other large predator species put on a filter system. Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed.

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And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility: with cautionApproximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8" Small$49.99Medium$79.99Large$129.99XLarge$169.99Aquarium ConditionedBlue line GrouperCephalopholis formosaDescription: The Blue Line Grouper, also known as the Abenaki Grouper or Blue-lined Hind, is light red with multiple vertical blue lines.

As Blue Line Groupers eat large meals they end up producing a lot of waste products, which means they need excellent filtration (especially biological and mechanical) in order to keep the water quality high. Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed.

And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. The Peacock Hind is a large, deep bodied fish, covered with small, bright, blue spots edged in black.

Peacock Hinds have small eyes that are mounted near the top of the head, which is typical for editorial fish. They can reach 17” (44 cm) and groupers are known to live from 9 to 37 in the wild, possibly longer in captivity with proper care.

Peacock Hinds were introduced in the 1950s to the Hawaiian Islands as a possible food source, although today, most carry ciguatera poisoning (causes neurological disease) and they are off the menu in this area. The Cephalopods genus, commonly referred to as “Hinds,” contain smaller species of groupers which are more appropriate for home aquariums.

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They range in size from around 9” to 22.5,” and at least 8 of these species range from 9 to 11.8.” The Peacock Hind, sometimes referred to as the Blue spotted Grouper, can be confused with the Blue spotted Hind, mainly due to the fact that both have bright blue spots. Upon closer examination, the Peacock Hind has a wide, bright, blue edging on the fins.

Peacock Hinds will also hide within large schools of Parrot fish which enables them to get very close to their pray without being seen. The second challenge would be filtration, since groupers are big eaters, and produce copious amounts of waste, requiring a good quality oversized skimmer and two canister filters like Exam or Fluvial, cleaned twice as often as the directions suggest keeping them working effectively.

A slender fish and even eels that are the same length as your Peacock Hind will be consumed. As the Peacock Grouper ingests a long and narrow tank mate, the prey fish/eel coils up in its belly.

Even the Gray Moray Eel, which the Peacock Hind hunts with in the wild can become dinner if they are not careful! At times, they will try to eat a fish they can’t quite get down their throat, and the aquarium will have to lend a hand to extract the unfortunate tank mate.

Other tank mates are safest if they are deep bodied and of similar size or larger. If attempting to keep with cleaner shrimp from the Lyman or Steno pus genus, add them first.

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Peacock Hinds need to be the last fish added to an aggressive community tank. They prefer to hide under ledges and in caves, but will sit at the bottom of the tank near their hideout as they become more comfortable.

They are covered from nose to tail fin in bright blue spots that are edged in black, except the area of the chest in front of the pectoral fins, which is spotless. Report Broken Video Juvenile Peacock Hind in captivity.

This is an excellent example of how tiny juvenile Peacock Hinds, or Blue Spot Groupers can be! Add as the last member of an aggressive community reef or fish only tank and provide places for them to hide.

Other creatures they have been known to consume, according to the region are Dusky Tangs (Acanthus nigrofuscus), Convict Tangs (A. Triostegus), Purple Tangs (Nebraska Tantrum), Sail fin Tangs (Z. Desjardinii), Orange Bristle tooth Tangs (Ctenochaetus stratus), Iridescent Cardinal Fish (Aragon kallopterus), Orange Lined Trigger fish (Baristas undulates), Red Speckled Pennies (Cirripectes various), Arc Eye Hawkish (Paracirrhites arcades), Six-line Wrasses (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia), Pterocaesio Tile fish, Hawaiian Squirrel fish (Sargocentron xantherythrus), Belted Wrasses (Stethojulis Alberta), Lyre tail Antics (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), Plunger’s Wrasse (Thalassemia klunzingeri), Sweepers, Blue Green Chromes (Chromes irides), Pseudogrammas, Mackerels, Gobi es, Gray Morays (Sidereal rise), Dam selfish, crabs, decayed shrimp, mantis shrimp, and spiny lobsters. Those long prey fish/eels will coil up in the stomach of the Peacock Hind until digested.

As adults, Peacock Hinds are found alone, or in harems that consist of one male with as many as six females. They will first perform lateral displays and open their huge mouths to intimidate their opponent.

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If a rival grouper wants to fight, both fish will face each other and lock jaws for up to 5 minutes! The loser, typically the weaker fish, will then swim off, leaving the harem of females for the victor.

The tank should have a heavy duty skimmer due to the large amount of waste this fish produces. Feeding groupers fresh water fish will cause health issues if continued for too long.

Do not house them with other Peacock Hinds, although they will be fine with other groupers as long as the tank is large enough. Some websites suggest the tank needs to be 250 gallons, and this is not out of the question, since these large fish produce a lot of waste and higher water volume will help keep up the water quality.

The tank should have a heavy duty skimmer due to the large amount of waste this fish produces. Feeding groupers fresh water fish will cause health issues if continued for too long.

Do not house them with other Peacock Hinds, although they will be fine with other groupers as long as the tank is large enough. Once they are eating, quickly switch over to prepared foods such as freeze-dried or frozen krill, mys id shrimp and pellets for carnivores.

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Also offer a varied diet of raw crustacean and fish flesh which can be obtained from the grocery store. Groupers are hardy and fairly easy to keep, although they do need good filtration.

Large Tanks 100 gallons and over, once water is aged and stable can be changed 20% to 30% every 6 weeks depending on bio load. Large Tanks 100 gallons and over, once water is aged and stable can be changed 10% bi-weekly to 20% monthly, depending on bio load.

In a 180 gallon tank (681 liters), arrange live rock, forming several places for the Peacock Hind to hide, especially if the fish is a juvenile. Each grouper in the tank will need 2 places to hide to help tone down aggression.

They may be induced to spawn indoors if they are conditioned with more feedings, then the temperature is raised 2F, and there is a longer daylight period. Peacock Hinds, although found in harems in the wild, are best kept singly in a captive environment.

In very large 500 to 1000 gallon systems, outside saltwater ponds or public aquariums, a few females can be kept with a male. Also, arrange the live rock to provide barriers where their vision of each other is blocked from their normal hangout.

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Males will spawn with each of the four or five females in the same night, with both releasing their gametes into the water column. A culture was done on wild-caught groupers and there were 11 to 16 different species of parasites found on their bodies, including nematodes and cryptocaryon.

The most easily cured parasite is Crypt (salt water ICH), but they are all treatable if caught in a timely manner. ONEMA is often contracted when the aquarium doesn’t lower their salinity to the proper level of 1.009.

The ONEMA parasite thrives in mid-level brackish water salinity, which is a specific gravity of around 1.013 to 1.020. Quick Cure and other 37% Formalin products will work perfectly well in both salinity ranges, but the lower 1.009 will help with the oxygen level.

Anything you add to your tank from another system that has not been properly cleaned or quarantined, including live rock, corals, equipment and fish can introduce diseases. Most Groupers will grow well over 12 inches in captivity and need a large tank full of swimming room and hiding places to thrive.

In the wild, it can attain sizes up to 18", but tank specimens rarely exceed a foot in length. Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that they can swallow whole and behave aggressively towards tank mates that intrude into its preferred hiding place.

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Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed.

And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility: with caution Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8" Small$69.99Medium$89.99Large$129.99XLarge$189.99Aquarium ConditionedClown GrouperPogonoperca punctate YouTube Video of the Clown Grouper Description:The Clown Grouper, also known as the Spotted Soap fish, Snowflake Soap fish, or Lea flip Soap fish, is silverish-brown with white spotting over the entire body.

Clown groupers should be provided with plenty of both open swimming room and rock caves and tunnels. Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges.

Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself CompatibilityWith CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2” to 2-1/2” Medium: 2-1/2" to 4" Large: 4" to 6" Large: 6" to 8"Small$129.99Medium$159.99Large$179.99XLarge$299.99Aquarium ConditionedPanther GrouperCromileptes actively Click to view YouTube Video Panther Grouper Description: A very popular grouper and saltwater aquarium fish, this is perhaps one of the easiest to care for of all available marine groupers. Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed.

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And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: EasyAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility:With CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Sm 1-1/2” to 2, Sm/Med 2" to 3", Med 3" to 4", Leg 4" to 5", XL 5" to 7", XXL 7" to 9" Small$29.99Small/Medium$39.99Medium$59.99Large$79.99XLarge$99.99XXLarge$179.99Aquarium Conditioned V-Tail GrouperCephalopholis rode Click to view YouTube Video Red V-Tail Grouper Description:Red V-Tail Grouper, Cephalopods models, comes from the Indo-Pacific and from the Hawaiian Islands.

With the potential to grow to nearly a foot in length, the Red V-Tail Grouper should be kept only in larger aquariums. Crustaceans, being part of its natural diet, will likely be eaten. Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges.

Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility:With CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8"Small$79.99 Medium $89.99 Large $129.99Large $199.99Aquarium Conditioned Cherry Lout GrouperVariola lout Click to view YouTube Video Cherry Lout Grouper Description:The Cherry Lout Grouper in the wild will reach lengths of over 24 inches therefore it requires a great deal of space to grow. Its coloration begins with a cherry red at the dorsal that fades into a pale yellow underneath.

Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that it can swallow whole and will behave aggressively towards tank mates that intrude into its preferred hiding place. Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges.

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Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility:With CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8"Small$69.99 Medium $79.99 Large $129.99XLarge $199.99Aquarium ConditionedPolleni GrouperCepholopholis pollen Click to view YouTube Video Pollen Grouper Description:The Pollen Grouper is a stunning and large grouper. Pollen Groupers reach a maximum adult size of around 17 inches and need to be kept in tanks that are at least 220 gallons.

For these reasons if you want to add a Pollen Grouper to your reef tank, you must proceed with caution. Pollen Groupers will thrive in larger fish only systems where they will add a huge dash of color to your tank.

Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. 1 At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, silver trout, sleepyhead, bonnet head sharks and a few mangrove snapper were caught over the weekend.

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Sleepyhead are also biting around the pilings, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466). 2 At Madeira Beach, the nearshore dogfish bite is very good in water 30- to 80-feet deep.

Black fin tuna numbers are increasing past 110 feet for the pelagic anglers, reports Capt. 4 At Fort De Soto Park, sleepyhead are thick at the marina and the bridge.

Whiting, silver trout and some pompano are biting in Ounces Pass, reports Capt. Free lined pinkish over shallow structure and the reefs have been producing fish in the 25- to 30-inch range, reports Capt.

The gag grouper bite remains strong around the rock piles and ledges in the 14 to 25-foot range and also deeper along the shipping channel. Both live bait and trolling have been putting keeper gag grouper in the box.

Some docks are holding redfish along with the occasional flounder, reports Crawford. The pompano bite has been very good around Terra Can and Anna Maria Sound, reports Hunter.

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7 At St. Petersburg, gag grouper are biting along the shipping channel from Port Manatee to the Skyway and on the artificial reefs in the bay. Pinellas Point is good for trout on the deeper grass flats and cuts.

Weldon Island is still holding some shook and good numbers of redfish, trout and sleepyhead, reports Mastery’s Tackle (727-896-8889). 8 In the north end of Tampa Bay, sleepyhead have moved in thick on most structure, the reefs and around the bridges.

A few redfish are biting around the Andy and Weldon Island area, but there’s better numbers in the upper bay. Some cobias is biting around the markers and areas with warm water runoff, reports Andy Bait & Tackle (813-839-5551).

Fresh dead or live shrimp are the best bait and if the grass porgies starting biting, it's time to move to a new spot, reports Capt. • At Fort Pierce, the offshore bottom bite at 80 feet is steady for lane snapper with a few buttons and mangroves mixed in.

Spanish mackerel are biting in 30 feet of water to the north around the Very Cove. Sleepyhead, black drum and sand perch are active inside the inlet and around the bridges, reports Clint Walker at the Fishing Center of St. Lucie (772-465-7637).

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Brown spotted grouper Epimetheus chlorostigma from New CaledoniaLeast Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Performed Family: Serranidae Subfamily: Epinephrine Tribe: Epinephrine Genus: Epimetheus Species: Binomial name Epimetheus chlorostigma Synonyms The brown spotted grouper (Epimetheus chlorostigma), also known as the brown spotted reef cod, brown spotted rock cod, coral grouper or honeycomb cod, is a species of marine ray-finned fish, a grouper from the subfamilyEpinephelinae which is part of the familySerranidae, which also includes the antics and sea basses.

The brown spotted grouper has a body which has a standard length which is 2.8 to 3.3 times its depth. The properly is slightly angular and has 4 to 7 enlarged serrations at the angle.

The upper margin of the gill cover is straight. The dorsal fin has 11 spines and 16-18 soft rays while the anal fin contains 3 spines and 8 soft rays.

The caudal fin varies from truncate to slightly marginate. This is a pale species of grouper which is covered in a dense pattern of small brown spots apart from the lower part of the head, chest and lower abdomen which lack spotting.

They can sometimes temporarily show large dark spots which overlay the normal body pattern. The maximum recorded total length attained is 80 centimeters (31 in), although a more common length is 50 centimeters (20 in), and the maximum published weight is 7 kilograms (15 lb).

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The brown spotted grouper occurs over a wide range of habitats such as seagrass beds and outer reef slopes, as well as over mud bottoms. It is a solitary species which is a predator on small fishes and crustaceans, mainly stomatopods and crabs.

This species is a protogynous hermaphrodite and the change in sex from female to male takes place between 35–45 centimeters (14–18 in), although not all the females undergo this change. The adults form spawning aggregations.

As other fish, the Epimetheus cholorostigme has many parasites, including nematodes in its intestine, such as Cumulants epinepheli, and several species of monogeneans on its gills, including Pseudorhabdosynochus Canopus, Pseudorhabdosynochus epinepheli, Pseudorhabdosynochus podocyanus, Pseudorhabdosynochus stimulus, Pseudorhabdosynochus eroticizes and the Nigerian Cathartic lochepintade in its intestine. The brown spotted grouper was first formally described as Serra nus chlorostigma in 1828 by the FrenchzoologistAchille Valentines (1794-1865) with the type locality given as the Seychelles.

E. chlorostigma is a member of a species complex comprising three species which are characterized by having a truncate or marginate caudal fin, a body covered in dense spotting apart from their underparts, a slightly angular properly with slightly enlarged serrations at the angle, a straight upper edge to the gill cover and a similar count of gill makers. The three species are E. chlorostigma, E. Gabrielle and E. Polynesia.

The fish in the Red Sea, northwestern Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden are separated by some authorities as the valid species, Epimetheus Geoffrey. It is this species which has been recorded in the Mediterranean Sea having entered it via the Suez Canal from the Red Sea as a Lesseps migrant.

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An annotated and illustrated catalog of the grouper, rock cod, hind, coral grouper and lyre tail species known to date (PDF). “Bucephalidae (Diogenes) from epinephrine (Serranidae: Performed) from the waters off New Caledonia, including Cathartic lochepintade n. SP”.

“Two new species of nematode parasites, Cumulants epinepheli SP. n. (Cucullanidae) and Procamallanus (Spirocamallanus) sinusitis SP.

Show preshow less Loading... Most Groupers grow up to 12 inches in captivity and frequently outgrow the average-sized aquarium.

A large aquarium with adequate hiding places is necessary to maintain Groupers in captivity. It is advisable to keep one species of Grouper per tank, as these fish may become aggressive towards other tank mates and themselves.

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