Native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean region, this fish is one GREAT looking grouper! The top of of it's body is a brilliant red-orange, while the lower portion is a light to pale pink. Light pink spots cover the entire body, adding sparkle. An easy to care for fish, that is good for the beginner aquarist. Most often the small and medium size fish will be readily available, but the large guys are rare. This fish is also known as A Cherry Grouper and a Whitemargin Lyretail Grouper (due to it's fanned out lyretail).
Size: sm. 2 1/2"-3 1/2"; med. 3"-4"; lg. 4"-6' rare
No. in Tank: ONE!
Tank: min. 75 gallons
Food: (Carnivore) A meat eater, offer krill, sliced shrimp, feeder fish and crustacean flesh. A hearty appetite produces a large amount of waste material (see adaptation, below). Feed 2 to 4 times a WEEK.
Adaptation: When first introduced, this fish is often shy but will move out into the open as it adjusts to it's new home. In fact, it will become quite bold. Needs caves and other hiding places and lots of room to swim. Due to the large amount of waste products it produces, an excellent water filtration system is a necessity.
Compatibility: This fish will behave aggressively toward it's tank-mates. Because of this, tank-mates need to be aggressive enough or sly enough to hold their own. Anything this fish can get into it's mouth and swallow will become that night's dinner. It will also eat ornamental shrimp, crustaceans and crabs. Corals will be safe.
**GOOD FOR THE BEGINNER AQUARIST