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    Red Scat - Scatophagus argus 'rubrifons' - Large

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    Item # 253360 / Manufacturer Part # 1123-scat

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    A Red Scat has black spots covering its dark red body, and the body shape itself is somewhere between a square and an oval with a pointed mouth.

    Though young Scats can be found in brackish water areas such as estuaries, adults live primarily in the ocean, and should be kept in salt water when they begin to reach maturity.

    Scats are large, relatively peaceful fish that can be kept with most large community species. Due to their large size, scats should not be kept with small tank mates that can be easily eaten.

    Scats are a schooling fish, and should be kept in a tank large enough to support four to six adult Scats. In small tanks, Scats may become aggressive with other Scats, so make sure the tank is large enough to prevent competition between fish. Feed this fish a mixture of flake, pellet, and meaty frozen foods.

    Scats have mildly venomous dorsal spines. A small venom gland is located at the base of each spine and while the venom is relatively mild, it can still be quite painful. Use caution when handling Scats.


    Common NameRed Scat - Large
    Scientific NameScatophagus argus `rubrifons`
    OriginIndo-Pacific
    VenomousYes (spines)
    Specific Gravity Range1.005-1.024
    Max Size (in inches)15
    Community SafeYes
    pH Range7.8-8.4
    DietOmnivore
    Min Tank Size (in gallons)180
    Temperature Range72-80
    DifficultyModerate

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