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Clown Grouper - Pogonoperca punctata

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The Clown Grouper (Pogonoperca punctata) 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.

Although Groupers and Hinds may be popular with seafood enthusiasts, many are also popular aquarium fish. Groupers and Hinds (terms that are sometimes used interchangeably) are usually found at or near the bottom and perch in, around or on rockwork and substrate.

Groupers are predators and will eat almost anything small enough to fit into their (considerably sized) mouths, including small fish and invertebrates like shrimp and crabs. Feed a varied diet of frozen or fresh meaty items in the aquarium. Some fish may require live foods at first to trigger a feeding response but can usually be weaned onto frozen or prepared foods in time. Take care that all tankmates are getting fed, as more reclusive groupers may be outcompeted by more aggressive feeders, and some more aggressive groupers may eat more than their share and not allow other tankmates to feed.

Most groupers will not eat or disturb corals and sessile (stationary) invertebrates but species that perch on surfaces may irritate or damage the corals by this behavior alone. Many of these fish also grow very large and need a very large aquarium with ample filtration to accommodate them.
Common NameClown Grouper
Scientific NamePogonoperca punctata
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeNo
Community SafeYes, with larger fish only
Max Size (in inches)14
Min Tank Size (in gallons)150
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82

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