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Saltwater Aquarium Groupers

Groupers are large and aggressive saltwater fish that do well in very large aquariums. Most Groupers will grow well over 12 inches in captivity and need a large tank full of swimming room and hiding places to thrive. Groupers can be kept in reef tanks, but will eat smaller fish and shrimp given the chance. For this reason you must proceed with caution if adding a Grouper to your reef tank. Groupers can be aggressive to other similar species if the aquarium is not large enough for more than one.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Saddleback Grouper
laevis

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You Tube Video of the Saddleback Grouper

Description: A very rare grouper that shows up once in a while in our warehouse. 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 Saddleback Grouper should be kept per aquarium. Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that they can swallow whole and behave aggressively towards tank mates that intrude into its preferred hiding place. It will also eat ornamental shrimps and crabs. 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. It is compatible with other aquarium fish provided they are too large to be eaten.

Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. May initially be somewhat shy, but will become more social in the coming weeks. Overall, somewhat peaceful, but will protect/chase away from what it considers its territory/areas in the aquarium. Will consume smaller tankmates.

Food and diet: As to diet, these are carnivores and require a diet high in protein and amino acids (lipids/fats). Products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should make up the majority of their diet. Therefore a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : with caution

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" XLarge 6" to 8"

Small $199.99 Medium $249.99
Large $349.99 XLarge $449.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Clown Grouper
Pogonoperca punctata

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You Tube Video of the Clown Grouper
Description: The Clown Grouper, also known as the Spotted Soapfish, Snowflake Soapfish, or Leaflip Soapfish, is silverish-brown with white spotting over the entire body. It has black tiger stripes along its dorsal edge.. 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.
Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. May initially be somewhat shy, but will become more social in the coming weeks. Overall, somewhat peaceful, but will protect/chase away from what it considers its territory/areas in the aquarium. Will consume smaller tankmates.
Food and diet: As to diet, these are carnivores and require a diet high in protein and amino acids (lipids/fats). Products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should make up the majority of their diet. Therefore a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish.
Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility With Caution

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" Medium: 2-1/2" to 4" Large: 4" to 6" XLarge: 6" to 8"






Small $129.99 Medium $159.99
Large $179.99 XLarge $299.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Panther Grouper
Cromileptes altivelis

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Description: A very popular grouper and saltwater aquarium fish, this is perhaps one of the easiest to care for of all available marine groupers. 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.

Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. May initially be somewhat shy, but will become more social in the coming weeks. Overall, somewhat peaceful, but will protect/chase away from what it considers its territory/areas in the aquarium. Will consume smaller tankmates.

Food and diet: As to diet, these are carnivores and require a diet high in protein and amino acids (lipids/fats). Products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should make up the majority of their diet. Therefore a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility :With Caution

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6"




Small $29.99 Medium $39.99 Large $59.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Red V-Tail Grouper
Cephalopholis urodeta

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Description: Red V-Tail Grouper, Cephalopholis urodelus, comes from the Indo-Pacific and from the Hawaiian Islands. It is also known as the Flag Tail Grouper and Banded Tail Sea Bass. Its red body reflects sheens of grey and green in different lighting. The "V-Tail" portion of its common name comes from the two distinct nearly-iridescent stripes on its tail fin. With the potential to grow to nearly a foot in length, the Red V-Tail Grouper should be kept only in larger aquariums. In the home aquarium, it has little interest in corals, but may likely dislodge corals as it darts after its next meal. It may eat any fish that will fit into its mouth. Crustaceans, being part of its natural diet, will likely be eaten.

Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. May initially be somewhat shy, but will become more social in the coming weeks. Overall, somewhat peaceful, but will protect/chase away from what it considers its territory/areas in the aquarium. Will consume smaller tankmates.

Food and diet: As to diet, these are carnivores and require a diet high in protein and amino acids (lipids/fats). Products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should make up the majority of their diet. Therefore a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility :With Caution

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" XLarge 6" to 8"

Small$79.99 Medium $89.99
Large $129.99 Large $199.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Cherry Louti Grouper
Variola louti

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Description: The Cherry Louti Grouper in the wild will reach lengths of over 24 inches therefore it requires a great deal of space to grow. We recommend an aquarium of at least 180 gallons. Its coloration begins with a cherry red at the dorsal that fades into a pale yellow underneath. Its uniquely-shaped V-swept tail is another prominent feature. Although it can be quite shy when initially introduced to the aquarium, with time it will spend more time in the open, becoming quite bold. Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that it can swallow whole and will behave aggressively towards tank mates that intrude into its preferred hiding place.

Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. May initially be somewhat shy, but will become more social in the coming weeks. Overall, somewhat peaceful, but will protect/chase away from what it considers its territory/areas in the aquarium. Will consume smaller tankmates.

Food and diet: As to diet, these are carnivores and require a diet high in protein and amino acids (lipids/fats). Products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should make up the majority of their diet. Therefore a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility :With Caution

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" XLarge 6" to 8"



Small$69.99 Medium $79.99
Large $129.99 XLarge $199.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Polleni Grouper
Cepholopholis polleni

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Click to view You Tube Video Polleni Grouper

Description: The Pollenei Grouper is a stunning and large grouper. Pollenei Groupers have a mostly yellow body with strong purple horizontal lines on their body. As the Pollenei Grouper matures, it starts to become darker in color. Pollenei Groupers reach a maximum adult size of around 17 inches and need to be kept in tanks that are at least 220 gallons. Pollenei Groupers are aggressive fish and shouldn't be kept with passive smaller fish. Pollenei Groupers might also take a liking to your inverts. For these reasons if you want to add a Pollenei Grouper to your reef tank, you must proceed with caution. Pollenei Groupers will thrive in larger fish only systems where they will add a huge dash of color to your tank. It is recommended that the Pollenei Grouper be kept with other large semi-aggressive to aggressive fish as well. Since the Pollenei Grouper is such a large fish, it is best to provide them with a lot of free swimming room.

Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. May initially be somewhat shy, but will become more social in the coming weeks. Overall, somewhat peaceful, but will protect/chase away from what it considers its territory/areas in the aquarium. Will consume smaller tankmates.

Food and diet: As to diet, these are carnivores and require a diet high in protein and amino acids (lipids/fats). Products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should make up the majority of their diet. Therefore a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility :With Caution

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6-1/2" XLarge 6-1/2" to 8-1/2"

Small$99.99 Medium $99.99
Large $139.99 XLarge $189.99


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