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Saltwater Aquarium Groupers

 
   
Large, colorful, and full of personality, groupers can make fantastic additions to tanks that are big enough to house them properly. We’ve all seen them at one time or another, perhaps on television, at a public aquarium, or even at your local fish store. Beautiful, charismatic, and robust, the groupers offer much to those with enough space to accommodate their basic needs. Easy to keep and full of personality, one is hard-pressed to name a more trouble-free, interesting, and rewarding group of fish for the larger home aquarium. One might be right for you!

Leaflip "Clown" Grouper
Pogonoperca punctata
Indonesia
Description: The Leaflip Grouper, also called the Clown Grouper because of the clownlike markings is greyish in color and speckled with white dots. Their most distinguishing characteristics are the five black, triangular spots that are located along the dorsal side of the fish. This grouper will prey upon most smaller fish and motile invertebrates. These groupers have been known to attempt eating fish you might not think they could swallow. Clown groupers should be provided with plenty of both open swimming room and rock caves and tunnels. They have large appetites, and a meaty frozen diet is recommended.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 100 gallon
Food and diet:carnivorous, feed a varied diet of meaty foods
Reef Compatability: Excellent, but will eat shrimps and fish its own size or smaller.
Level of Care: for Advanced Aquarist Only
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Caution: This species secretes or releases toxins when stressed or injured that may kill fish in the aquarium. Aquatic Connection will not accept responsibility for any loss that may occur should this animal poison the aquarium.
Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated for the "Advanced Aquarist Only." and is recommended only for the expert marine aquarist, zoo, or research institution please.
Approximate Purchase Size: 4-1/2" to 7-1/2"

$119.99

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 Miniatus Grouper
Cephalopholis miniata
Indonesia / Fiji
Description: Bright red with iridescent blue spots on the body and head. Juveniles may lack spots or have fewer, larger spots. Like its cousins, the miniatus is a durable species that will thrive in captivity. Although it can be shy when initially introduced to the aquarium, with time it will spend more time in the open, becoming quite bold in time. Only one Miniatus grouper should be kept per aquarium, as they are prone to fight with one another. It will eat any fish that they can swallow whole and behave aggressively towards tankmates that intrude into its preferred hiding places. It will also eat ornamental shrimps and crabs. The Miniatus Grouper is a large and very hardy fish which requires a large aquarium. It can be compatible with other fish provided they are too large to be eaten. It should not be trusted around invertebrates or small fish.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 100 gallon
Food and diet:In the wild this reef predator commonly attacks schools of reef-dwelling fish. In the aquarium, freeze-dried krill soaked in Selcon, feeder goldfish, or squid are acceptable.
Reef Compatability: Safe with corals but will eat ornamental shrimps and crabs and any fish it can swallow.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 4" to 7"
$109.99
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Panther Grouper
Cromileptes altivelis
Indonesia
 
Description: A very popular grouper and saltwater aquarium fish, this is perhaps one of the easiest to care for of all available marine aquarium fish. A fast growing fish that needs plenty of food. Large specimens are commonly used to cycle new aquariums. This grouper is rarely aggressive, definitely more passive than most groupers and will ignore its fish tankmates, unless they are small enough to swallow whole.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 100 gallon
Food and diet:carnivorous, feed a varied diet of meaty foods
Reef Compatability: Safe with corals but will eat ornamental shrimps and crabs and any fish it can swallow.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4-1/2"

$44.99
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Comet Marine Betta
Calloplesiops altivelis
Indonesia

Description: Marine Betta fish (Calloplesiops altivelis) is a member of the grouper group and are found in the Indo-Pacific ocean. They are widely available in the aquarium trade and smaller specimens are usually a better purchase since they more easily adapts to new environments. They can grow to be 11 inches in aquariums even if most specimens never reach anywhere near this length 6 inches is a more common size for an adult Marine Betta. They are a hardy species if their feeding habits are meet and only seldom suffers from diseases.
Marine Betta fish spend most of their time in caves and can be kept in relatively small aquariums. A 55 gallon aquarium tank is enough to keep a pair of this species. They are predators and should as such not be kept with fish that are small enough to be considered food. They can usually be kept with not to small invertebrates. Marine Betta fish can if they are kept well feed usually be kept with smaller fish without touching them. However you should be aware of the risk that the smaller fish gets eaten if you try this. (try at you own risk) Marine Betta fish should never be kept with fast eating fish like damsels.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 50 gallon
Food and diet:carnivorous, feed a varied diet of meaty foods
Reef Compatability: The Marine Betta is not commonly kept in a reef-style aquarium, but it is reported to be safe with corals and anemones, however, it will eat all small fish and shrimp.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 5"

$99.99
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Cherry Louti Grouper
Variola louti
Indonesia/Sri Lanka

Description: This is a great looking fish. Although it can be shy when initially introduced to the aquarium, with time it will spend more time in the open, becoming quite bold. Only one Louti Cherry Grouper should be kept per aquarium. Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that they can swallow whole and behave aggressively towards tankmates that intrude into its preferred hiding places. It will also eat ornamental shrimps and crabs. Extremely easy to care for.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 100 gallon
Food and diet:carnivorous, feed a varied diet of meaty foods
Reef Compatability: Safe with corals but will eat ornamental shrimps and crabs and any fish it can swallow.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size:3" to 6"

$79.99
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Saddleback Grouper
Plectropomus laevis
Indonesia

Description: A very rare grouper that has just showed up the last few years in the aquarium trade. It is a fast growing fish that needs plenty of food. Although it can be shy when initially introduced to the aquarium, with time it will spend more time in the open, becoming quite bold. Only one Louti Cherry Grouper should be kept per aquarium. Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that they can swallow whole and behave aggressively towards tankmates that intrude into its preferred hiding places. It will also eat ornamental shrimps and crabs. Extremely easy to care for.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 100 gallon
Food and diet:carnivorous, feed a varied diet of meaty foods
Reef Compatability: Safe with corals but will eat ornamental shrimps and crabs and any fish it can swallow.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 6"

$149.99
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 Blue Spotted Grouper
Cephalopholis argus
Hawaii/Sri Lanka

Description: Blue spotted Groupers are found living near coral reefs throughout the Indo-pacific where they hunt for small fish or invertebrates to consume. This species is often referred to by a number of names within the marine aquarium hobby, including: Blue Dot Grouper, Argus Grouper, Peacock Hind or Peacock Grouper. The Bluespotted Groupers body is a mottled brown and tan color with six verticle white bands running from just behind the pectoral fins to the tailfin. The white bands can appear anywhere from very prominent to almost completely faded depending on the aquarium environment and the fishes current disposition. The fins are a dark blue color, with a lighter blue outline and the entire body is covered by bright blue dots.
Recommended Tank size: This is a larger predatory fish species, that is suitable only for very large (100 gallons or more) fish-only aquariums with other semi-aggressive to aggressive fish species. While this fish is considered easy to keep, it does require excellent water conditions in addition to a large aquarium to be properly housed. Bluespotted Groupers appreciate a lot of live rock with plenty of large caves and rock crevices for them to rest on and swim about. Since Bluespotted 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 handled the load this and other large predator species put on a filter system. This species should only be kept with other large semi-aggressive to aggressive fish species, as they will eat any fish or ornamental invertebrates that they can fit in their mouth. They can be aggressive towards other larger fish, but are usually not too bad in this regard and nothing like the level of aggressiveness seen in species like the Undulated Triggerfish.
Food and diet:(Carnivore) Thrives on meaty items. Offers such things as krill, shrimp, and feeder fish. Crustacean flesh is also a good option. Feed 2 to 4 times a WEEK.
Reef Compatability: Safe with corals but will eat ornamental shrimps and crabs and any fish it can swallow.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 3-1/2" to 6"

$109.99
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 Blue line Grouper
Cephalopholis formosa
Indonesia/Sri Lanka

Description: Blue Line Grouper or as they are also commnly known as the Boenacki Grouper or Blue Line Sea Bass are an Indo-Pacific species that dwells in and around coral reefs and rocky areas. This species is best suited for FO (fish only) or FOWLR (fish only with live rock) aquariums with other large aggressive or semi-aggressive fish species. rizontal lines that cover the entire body and its dorsal and tailfins.
Recommended Tank size: Blue Line Groupers require large aquariums with excellent filtration to accomodate their size and feeding habits. 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. While this species is not harmful to corals, it is best suited for fish-only aquariums as it will eat any fish that it can fit in its mouth and will eat most any type of crustacean. Blue Line Groupers live near the fringes of coral reefs in the wild, they should be provided an aquarium environment that contains both live rock formations and open swimming areas. They do best with other large predatory species (triggerfish, eels, sharks, etc.) or with adult semi-aggressive species (large angelfish, tangs, etc.).
Food and diet: (Carnivore) Thrives on meaty items. Offers such things as krill, shrimp, and feeder fish. Crustacean flesh is also a good option. Feed 2 to 4 times a WEEK.

Reef Compatability: Safe with corals but will eat ornamental shrimps and crabs and any fish it can swallow.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 3-1/2" to 6"

$79.99
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 Polleni Grouper
Cephalopholis polleni
Indonesia

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Description: The Polleni Grouper is rarely seen in the aquarium trade because it is a deep-water fish and bolts into hiding when approached by divers. It should be housed in an aquarium with a cave in which it can hide. This species is shy when acclimating and will defend its hiding place from intruders. It will eat any fish small enough to fit into its mouth, as well as many ornamental crustaceans.The Polleni Grouper is found on reef slopes and dropoffs in deep water. It is often seen in caves and reef recesses, swimming upside-down under the roof of the cave. It is usually found at depths greater than 150 feet.Like all groupers, the polleni had a voracious appetite and is easy to maintain.
Recommended Tank size: Polleni Groupers require large aquariums with excellent filtration to accomodate their size and feeding habits. As Polleni 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. While this species is not harmful to corals, it is best suited for fish-only aquariums as it will eat any fish that it can fit in its mouth and will eat most any type of crustacean. Polleni Groupers live near the fringes of coral reefs in the wild, they should be provided an aquarium environment that contains both live rock formations and open swimming areas. They do best with other large predatory species (triggerfish, eels, sharks, etc.) or with adult semi-aggressive species (large angelfish, tangs, etc.).
Food and diet: (Carnivore) Thrives on meaty items. Offers such things as krill, shrimp, and feeder fish. Crustacean flesh is also a good option. Feed 2 to 4 times a WEEK.
Reef Compatability: Safe with corals but will eat ornamental shrimps and crabs and any fish it can swallow.
Level of Care: Easy
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 6"

$229.99
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Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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