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Andrew - 2012-03-16
Had mine for six months in my 120 gal. It grew fast! Bought it around 4 inches and now it's reaching 8inches! However if you want to get one of these beauty, try to get him last. This is a semi-aggressive/territorial fish and it will chase, nip and swallow any fish it can fit in its mouth. Otherwise the panther grouper is a moderately hardy fish and great for FOWLR system!

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Chris Karmazin - 2012-03-03
I've had my betta one year and almost everything I have read does not apply. My betta (comet) will eat whatever fits in his mouth. And will beat my lionfish when eating. He is also free swimming, but alittle timid with sudden movement.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    You are very lucky. That is extremely rare. Are you feeding live food? Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!
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Glenn - 2009-10-17
Epinephelus Summanan White Spotted Grouper, grows to about 15 inches in the wild and in large enough aquariums. Nice specimen you have.

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  • Nevea - 2011-11-09
    Stay with this guys, you're helping a lot of people.
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brandon - 2004-03-21
I have had my panther grouper for about 2 years now. I have him in a 180 gallons and he is huge! They grow really fast. I feed my panther grouper pellets which he loves. I give him feeder gold fish as a treat sometimes and I also give him squid, which he also loves. My panther grouper is my favorite fish in my tank. he has a real personality.

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  • hayley - 2011-08-01
    i have a 500+ litre tank. I have a large polka dot grouper that has started eating my other fish. It has eaten 2 of my gobys, 2 of my yellow finned damsels and a blue chromis. It has today gone for my very large maroon clown which is the final straw. I'm sadly going to have to sell him :(
    I feed into the tank lots of food, I feed pellet, flake, brine shrimp, marine mix and small fish but this doesn't seem enough any more. I have a very healthy community tank with large trigger fish, tangs, butterfly fish, damsels, boxer shrimp, manderin goby, marron clown, chromis etc etc. where is my best bet to sell? x
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steve - 2009-05-11
Brandon, what kind of pellets are you feeding your grouper? Mine is young and seems to be very picky or sick? Iv'e tried guppies and brine. He got a guppie the first day I got him but he hasn't eaten that I know of since. I just got some feeder shrimp and more guppies, gonna try them this evening. Any help would be appreciated! thanks, Steve

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  • Raymond - 2010-07-31
    Mine stopped eating pellets and will only eat frozen brine. Hope this helps.
  • Steve - 2011-01-14
    Brandon, check your water, and do a water change weekly for a while, Panther Groupers are very hardy fish, it sounds like a water problem to me. You mention pellets for for food, this may be alright for a older and established fish but if you have a young fish I would not try pellets. Not just for Groupers but all marine fish. Try some of the frozen prepared foods. Guppies and goldfish should be your last choice. Good luck Brandon, I've been keeping marine fish for the last 40 years, there is a lot of bad information on the web, it take time and research to keep these fish healthy and beautiful. Good luck and I hope this helps. SJ.
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some fish lover! - 2009-12-01
I just got one to put with my panther grouper in my 30 gallon tank and he never stops swimming around. The panther grouper chases him sometimes but it seems like he is fighting for territory. great fish!

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glmory - 2008-11-27
I had one of these in a 100 gallon tank for about two years. It is a great fish, but don't keep it with anything small. It will eat any Damsels in the tank within days. It ultimately died when it got put in a tank with a Tesselata eel which is the far larger and more aggressive species. It managed to stay a while with this eel, but was eaten in the end.

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David B. Romsey - 2008-01-20
I have a 150 gallon reef tank in which I have been keeping a Marine Betta (Calloplesiops altivelis) for over 2 years. The tank contains 150 lbs. of live rock with a number of caves and crevasses. Its tank mates are: 1-8" Vlaming's Unicorn fish, 2-5" Yellow Tangs, 1-6" Blue Tang, 1- 7" Sailfin Tang, 2 large Blue Velvet Damsels, 1-6" Picasso Tang, 1-4" Lawnmower Blennie and 1-2" Green Mandarin. All of these fish (with the exception of the Mandarin) including the Betta have been living and thriving on a diet of TetraMin flake food and dried Red Algae sheets for a couple of years. Every 2 weeks I toss in some chopped up smelt fish. There is no protein skimmer on this tank. The Betta waits in either back corner of the tank until feeding time and rises to the top to grab the flakes as they float by. So I guess the statement that Marine Betta are "finicky" about what they eat has at least one exception, which I believe is notable if it's that significant.

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Jennifer - 2007-11-12
We have two of these fish and they are absolutely incredible!
Tons of personality, very curious, and they exhibit the funniest behaviors. One always follows his best friend, a Blue-Spotted Grouper, around and they share the same sleeping spots. Another thing both like to do is always be in contact with the other fish and eel, they always rub against each other and try to keep touching something.

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Will - 2007-03-27
I have had my Marine Betta for a few months now and he is by far one of the most coolest fish I have ever had. We feed him frozen shrimp for the most part but once or twice a week we toss in about a dozen guppies! I like watching him go after them instead of some of the other predator fish we have because he is so tactical on how he hunts. Where some of our other fish just shoot across the tank to get them you can see him just watching and waiting then bam! Love this guy.

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