The Panther Grouper is commonly referred to as the Panther Grouper, Polka Dot Grouper, Barramundi Cod, Humpback grouper, high-finned grouper. With its white colored body and black dots over it, the Panther Grouper makes a stunning addition to any tank. The Panther Grouper grows very old and is hardy in nature, which makes it a good addition to a beginner aquarist. It is considered as easy marine fish, and with its large and graceful fins it makes a beautiful fish in the tank. The Panther Grouper is highly predatory fish and eats up anything that fits to its mouth. Therefore make sure not to house it with smaller fishes like damsels or clowns. Due to its larger size, the Panther Grouper should be kept in a tank not less than 50 gallon. Since it is a voracious eater, it produces lot of waste, good filtration and well circulated water is therefore a must. The Panther Grouper prefers an aquarium with suitable sized hiding places in caves and overhangs, along with plenty of swimming space. Since the Panther Grouper may devour the mobile invertebrates of a reef tank, it is beast to keep in ?fish only? tank. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. Its diet should include frozen shrimp, crab and mussel meat.
The Panther Grouper is the most widely available Grouper in the aquarium industry. These fish very interesting aesthetically with their small heads, large bodies, large pectoral fins, and striking white bodies covered with many black polka-dots. Panther Groupers do very well in the home aquarium and are not aggressive towards other fish of the same relative size. They should not be kept with shrimp or small fish that they will mistake for food. They are great for fish-only tanks.Groupers come from a family of fish known as Sea Bass. These fish have stout bodies with large mouths filled with more than one set of teeth. Groupers use powerful suction to engulf their prey by quickly opening their mouths. Their prey is swallowed whole instead of being chewed.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, Kim Thorpe