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Miniatus Grouper
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Miniatus Grouper (Cephalopholis miniatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Blue, Orange, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 1' 2"
Origin Fiji, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
Family Serranidae
Minimum Tank Size 180 gallons
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The Miniatus Grouper, also known as the Miniata Grouper, Coral or Blue-Spot Rockcod, Coral Hind, and Coral Grouper, is a common and popular fish along the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific, and it makes a most spectacular addition to a large home aquarium. In the wild, it can attain sizes up to 18", but tank specimens rarely exceed a foot in length.

The Miniatus Grouper is a large and very hardy fish which requires a large aquarium of 180 gallons or more when full grown. It can be compatible with other fish provided they are too large to be eaten. It should not be trusted around invertebrates or small fish.

In the wild this reef predator commonly attacks schools of reef-dwelling fish. In the aquarium, freeze-dried krill soaked in Selcon, feeder goldfish, or squid are acceptable.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small; 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Small/Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" Medium: 3-1/2" to 4-1/2" Medium/Large: 4-1/2" to 5-1/2" Large; 5-1/2" to 7"

Customer Testimonials

Fernando Rodriguez Carolina , PR
The Miniatus Grouper is very pretty fish and also a very aggressive one. When you introduce it, make sure the other fish are bigger than it. Will make your aquarium look super! This fish likes to eat smaller fish so it is better to introduce it as a baby.
Zachary Hyta Spokane , WA
Excellent fish, very beautiful. Extremely hardy, but very aggressive. MIne often nips at new fish.
John C Jacksonville , FL
(315 gal. FOWLR). This is a beautiful fish. All the challenges are the predictable ones. Once acclimated, he ate 1 damsel every couple of days (6 total), a clown fish with a bad attitude, and (unfortunately) the cleaner wrasse. After that, he settled into frozen food, but only eats big chunks - silversides, Rod’s predator blend, squid and Krill. He does not bother tangs, triggers, emperor angel or remaining small fish (damsels, anthias and hawkfish), but he has a burn-on for the Spanish and Cuban Hogfish. No damage, just bullying. Only thing I can figure is the Hogs are the closest in shape to the Grouper. 6 months in and he has grown to a healthy 9 inches and is the most beautiful fish in the tank. He’s a “lurker” and needs lots of live rock with spacious caves.
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