This easy to care for grouper is native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean regions, particularly the Hawaiian Islands. It is mostly mottled brown in color, yet can vary depending upon its environment, changing to fit in with the surroundings. This fish's fins are black with light blue dots, which also cover the entire body. It also has light broad bands running horizontally, starting behind the gill plate. This grouper is also known as a Blue-Dot or Bluespotted Grouper, a Peacock Hind and a Peacock Sea Bass. Tank-raised Argus are also available.
Size: sm. 2 1/2"-3 1/2"; med. 3"-4"; lg. 4"-6"; show 8"-12"
No. in Tank: ONE!
Tank: min. 100 gallons
Food: (Carnivore) Natural diet is made up of crustaceans. In the aquarium feed meaty items such as krill, shrimp and small feeder fish. Feed 2 to 4 times a WEEK.
Adaptation: This fish is shy when first introduced. After time, it can become quite bold (enough to take food from you with feeder tongs, as will most groupers). Need a good water filtration system. This fish can have a hearty appetite and with it comes a large amount of waste material that will need removed from the aquarium to maintain healthy living conditions for all your fish.
Compatibility: This fish will eat anything it can get into its mouth and swallow whole. This includes tank-mates and most crustaceans (its natural diet). It will behave aggressively towards any tank-mate that intrudes its preferred spot. This fish is safe with most corals but may dislodge them as they swim around the aquarium.