Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Panther Grouper, it is a demersal sea fish that belongs to the genus Cromileptes of the Serranidae family. The scientific name of this seafish is Cromileptes altivelis and it is also commonly called the humpback grouper, and in Australia it is referred to as Cromileptes altivelis or barramundi cod. The Panther Grouper is extensively distributed all through the tropical waters of the central Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific region. The Panther Grouper can also be largely seen in the southern parts of Japan in the north and in the southern regions of Queensland. This Panther Grouper fish species is a treasured food fish all through most of its indigenous range.
The Panther Grouper is an average-sized fish that is capable of attaining a maximum body length of 28 inches (70 cm). Its meticulous body shape makes this fish species quite unfeasible to blend with other fish species. The body of the Panther Grouper is compressed crossways and is moderately high. This stocky and odd visual effect is pronunciated by its curved in profile and its elongated nose offers it a humpbacked look.
The juvenile Panther Groupers have a white backdrop with round black color spots and are incessantly swimming head down. The adult fish have a body tinge with differences of beige and gray with darker markings in different sizes on their body. The whole body of the adult Humpback grouper is covered by small black color spots.
The Panther Grouper features a unique trait of breaking up its body shape that protects it from its predators. The Panther Grouper is tough, has longevity, and is supposed to be maintained only in a tank with a minimum capacity of 40 gallons. It is extremely important that the aquarium is supposed to have adequate filtration to keep up the quality of water because the Panther Grouper creates a huge amount of waste.
The Panther Grouper prefers to live in clear waters from seaward reefs and lagoons with a first choice for salty and dead areas. Panther Groupers are usually found in depths that range from 6 feet 7 inches to 131 feet 3 inches (2 meters to 40 meters).
The Panther Grouper needs a lot of hiding places and overhangs in the aquarium. This Panther Grouper fish species flourishes well in clean water with the temperature that ranges from 75 degrees Fahrenheit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, with the pH value between 8.1 and 8.4.
The Panther Grouper should not be accommodated with small fish species, such as clowns or damsels because this fish is a highly predatory species. This is the reason that this fish species is not measured a reef-safe fish. It grows extremely quickly and is resilient in nature that makes it opposed to several fish diseases.
The Panther Grouper is a greatly predatory fish that will feed on anything that it is capable of fitting into its mouth. This Panther Grouper fish species is absolutely a giant eater, and in the aquarium, it is nourished with an extensive diversity of meaty seafood, like shrimps, fillets, clams, scallops and raw prawns.
The maximum lifespan of the Panther Grouper ranges from 20 years to 22 years.