With beautiful black polka dots over its serene off-white body, the Panther Grouper makes a stunning addition to any aquarium. It can attain a size of up to 20 inches in the wild but is imported about 2-3 inches typically. Keeping the Panther Grouper in a larger aquarium is advised. The Panther Grouper, which is also known as humpback grouper, has a distinctive feature of breaking up the body shape that smothers it from the predators. It is hardy, has a long life, and should only be kept in a tank not less than 40 gallons. It is very important that the aquarium should have sufficient filtration to maintain the quality of water, as the Panther Grouper produces large amount of waste. It should not be housed with small fishes such as damsels or clowns (they can fit in its mouth) as the Panther Grouper is a highly predatory fish. This is precisely why the Panther Grouper is not considered a reef-safe species. It seems to be tolerant of copper treatments and is considered as a good candidate for hyposalinity therapy. The Panther Grouper is definitely a big eater, and can be given a wide variety of meaty seafood such as fillets, shrimps, clams, scallops and uncooked prawns. It grows very quickly and is hardy in nature that makes it resistant to many fish infections or diseases. The Panther Grouper requires lot of hiding spots and overhangs, therefore make sure to decorate the aquarium cleverly. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-78 degree Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4.
The Panther Grouper is the most widely available Grouper in the aquarium industry. These fish very interesting aestically 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