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TFK Team 05-16-2013 11:46 AM

Panther Grouper (Cromileptes altivelis)
 
Panther Grouper

Scientific Name: Cromileptes altivelis
Family: Serranidae


About the Panther Grouper

Species Type: Saltwater Fish
Category: Batfish, Groupers, Snappers, & Sweetlips

Care Level: Easy. Ships well and acclimates well to the home aquarium. Accepts dried foods eagerly and quickly after acclimation. Is resistant to disease. An overall good choice for the new saltwater hobbyist.
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Compatibility/Temperament: 2

Description

The Panther Gouper is one of the most common Groupers in the market. Its a small fish at birth, a beautiful white with large black spots. Eventually, they grow into colossal fish swallowing anything small enough to fit in its mouth. Their large spots shrink and become numerous with age.

This grouper is a hardy fish and is an excelent beginner fish. Must be kept in a 150 gallons+ tank with plenty of hiding places as it will grow big in a small period of time if fed properly. Beware as this fish will swallow anything small enough to fit into its mouth. It will ignore any other medium sized fish or larger than itself, and can be kept in a group in a large tank.

Panther Grouper Diet

Meaty foods including small marine fish, crustaceans, and comercial foods. Feed no less than 3 times a week. Adults must be fed large amounts of meaty foods 3-4 times a week.

Size

20" as an adult

Minimum Tank Suggestion

300 gallons

Ideal water parameters for Panther Grouper

Marine fish are highly sensitive animals with very specific care requirements. Most all saltwater species will require similar water conditions, designed to replicate that of natural seawater. Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero, temperature at 76F to 80F, and salinity at 1.024 to 1.026. Although some fish are tolerant of lower levels of Nitrate, the goal in every aquariums should be to keep Nitrate as close to zero as possible, and certainly under 20ppm. Finally, maintaining a stable pH of 8.0 to 8.4 is desired. Achieving this is made easier by monitoring alkalinity, which should be kept at 8-12 DKH, and calcium, which is targeted at 400 to 460ppm.

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