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E. Holmes - 2014-08-25
I just purchased one today and I must say that it is a stunning fish to have in the tank. If you want to keep one, make sure your tank is large enough and you have plenty of rockwork for it to hide in. It doesn't come out much because that's not in it's nature, but when it does....WOW!

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anyone - 2011-07-14
I have this fish with arowana and flowerhorn
but no problem arise till now.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-07-06
    It's a saltwater fish?
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dominick belardo - 2012-01-07
I have had a blue spotted grouper in my fish tank for 29 years it s face has turned white years ago ,how long does this fish live ,this fish must be 35 years old,can anybody give me an answer thanx dom

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  • andrew - 2013-08-26
    I have had my blue spotted grouper for about 3 1/2 yrs and it was owned by my friend previously for about 2 years so I'm guessing he is about 6. I have him in a 100g and he is about 8in. How long did yours take to reach full grown size? He seems to grow rather slow.
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Trevor - 2013-05-14
I have had my blue spotted grouper for about 3 years now and he is the definitely the hardiest fish i've ever witnessed. My fishes face also turned white! That started as a spot about a year ago and now its across his WHOLE FACE! He is a perfectly healthy fish, hungriest ive ever owned. Your comment actually brought me to this site because I was looking up why that would have happened. Is that normal???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    That is a curious phenomenon that apparently it does happen, and doesn't seem to be a problem for the fish.
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Rudy Salinas - 2013-04-26
I can't say enough about this grouper. I had one for 14 years. He was so friendly that as I would clean his tank, he would loved to be touched, then he would turn upside down to get his belly rubbed. He even came to me if I signaled him by rubbing my fingers. Be cautious about putting others with them, they are extremily territorial.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    I'm glad to hear a good story about the Golden Striped Grouper in the aquarium. They are such interesting looking fish, nice to know they can do well, even if they want to be the 'top dog', and sounds like 'the only dog' in their tank...lol.
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Derek Melton - 2013-02-07
I have a grouper I just purchased. It's pink and it is not doing well. I have a 150 gallon tank. I noticed today it has a weird white mossy looking stuff growing on him and it's not swimming just laying in sand opening and closing its mouth. Help I like the fish just want to get him right.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-08
    White mossy stuff sounds like a fungus of some kind. Get a medication designed for fungus. It can't hurt to also use an anti-biotic as long as you check for ammonia and keep it down with Amquel if it rises. Gasping may be a sign of low oxygen, increase aeration or surface water flow. Gasping, or opening and closing it's mouth, may be normal though.
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Dian - 2010-10-27
My panther grouper is about 7 years old now. Over the last couple of weeks he kind of stopped eating, he now seems to be in a stuck position of being bend kind of sideways. He can maneuver about and all fins are working fine - other than being stuck in this position he is kind of o.k. - but is probably ill - Parasite? I know he is old, but how long do they live in captivity? He has been a special pet to me - like a dog in a fish tank, does anyone know if there is anything I can do - or do you think it is time?

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  • CosmicOps - 2012-10-31
    Well it can't be swim bladder disorder, since groupers don't have one. It could be some kidney disorder caused by improper (long term) salinity:if you have the (bad) habit of keeping your fish at 1,021 to 1,023. Most Groupers can live several decades. As a rule of thumb: keep your fish only tank at the same salinity as reef tanks, 1,025-1,026 should be fine. Of course small or crowded tanks may please the keeper but prove to be lethal to the inhabitants. There should be less excentrism and more responsability in the hobby (which applies to all). Of course your grouper could also encounter liver damage caused (amongst other things) by a blood worm diet or other. Blood worms are considered to cause fatty degeneration in fish's liver. So any food with a fatty concentration should be avoided. Good Luck!!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-31
    Have water conditions changed at all?   Maybe try feeding dried krill with tongs?  Added any new tankmates in the past couple weeks??
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some fish lover! - 2009-10-24
I have a panther grouper with a pink-tailed triggerfish, a clown triggerfish, a picasso triggerfish, and a yellow tang and they get along fine. I have them in a 30 gallon tank and they hardly ever fight. I love mine so you should to!

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  • mike - 2010-06-14
    I had a panther grouper with a blue trigger and he has bit all the top fin off and I had to pull it out to die rather than let him eat it as he kept rolling on top of it shame in a 33 gallon tank.
  • CosmicOps - 2012-10-31
    Great News... However they are all huge fish (15 to 50 inches). You should encompass the idea of setting up a 200 gallon tank... minimum... (no joke). Man would they ever be happy!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-31
    Do yourself a favor and get a much larger tank.  These fish will get very large.  They may not be fighting but they will not be able to be maintained for long.
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Missa-naples fl - 2009-08-19
My clownfish Killah is a very personable fish. I was at first reluctant to get him because of the possibility of him contaminating my entire tank if he gets sick or dies. For 3 months I saw him at the store and took a chance. I love him! He is a very personable boy, and follows me around the room from inside the tank. He is hand-fed, and actually likes it when you rub his side. He is THE most gentle fish I have in the tank and right now I have a snowflake eel, a coral beauty, a volitans lionfish and a comet. Killah spends most of his time staring at me from the corner of the tank, and swims with his forehead sticking up from the top of the water. He is the largest fish by far in my tank and has not once attempted to eat any of his tankmates, and actually gets along very well with the coral beauty and the comet.

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  • Clint - 2010-03-07
    How big is Killah? I heard they grow 5-6" and also heard 12-14" It`s a good looking grouper, but I want one that will stay on the smaller side
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Cindy Polson - 2012-03-24
I have a white spotted grouper he is sick, he hardley eats, he has a white film over his body. Also he has large white oval spots on him. What can I Do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-24
    First have water tested. Quarantine grouper if you can. A lot of times if a fish is being bothered by parasites it will produce extra mucus on its body giving the white coating. Your fish needs to be treated for parasites or a fungal infection.
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