Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1' 2"
Color Form: Blue, Orange, Yellow
Compatibility: View Chart
With its vivid color, the Miniatus Grouper makes a gorgeous addition to any tank. It features a large mouth full of small teeth, which are mainly used to prevent escape as the Miniatus Grouper swallows its prey whole, crushingit's prey with the powerful, pharyngeal teeth that line their throats. The Miniatus Grouper is highly territorial and aggressive, and should be added in tank as a last inhabitant. The Miniatus Grouper should be kept in a tank no smaller than 180 gallons along with plenty of live rock structure that will provide them multiple hiding places. The Miniatus Grouper is very well known for their digging behavior and should be provided with thick sand bed in the tank. With such a large appetite, be sure to equip a powerful protein skimmer in addition to strong biological and mechanical filtration. The Miniatus Grouper should be housed with tankmates of similar size to avoid predation. Since it ravenously dines on small fish and motile invertebrates, it is not recommended for reef tanks. The Miniatus Grouper is carnivores and should be fed with a wide variety of meaty foods such as live, frozen, freeze-dried, and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp (as juveniles), mysis shrimp, or even larger chunk foods. Be sure to feed at least 3-5 times a week for continued good health.