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Panther Grouper (Cromileptes altivelis)

The Panther Grouper or Cromileptes altivelis is a large saltwater fish that should only be kept in an aquarium of 300 gallons or more. Growing to almost 2' long these Grouper are also called the Polka Dot Grouper because of the black polka dots that cover their bodies. In the wild the Panther Grouper uses its unique coloration to blend into the reefs and confuse potential predator like sharks.

These saltwater fish are carnivores that will pretty much eat any fish they can fit into their mouths. Watch out if you are thinking of keeping them with smaller fit, you might come up with a few missing. In an aquarium setting they can be fed feeder fish, small squid, krill and prawns. Water conditions of 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.021-1.023 are perfectly acceptable.Panther Groupers are notoriously hardy and can have an extended life time in which they grow rather quickly in the beginning. They are also quite social with their owners and have a funny way of swimming. This makes them a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts that have a large enough aquarium to house such a fish. To check out the Panther Grouper in action have a look at this video...

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