Argus Grouper Fish
Category: Aquarium Fish Other
Facts about Argus Grouper fish. "Scientific name for Argus Grouper fish is Cephalopholis argus". The Argus Grouper also known as the, Peacock Hind, Blue spotted Grouper or the Blue Dot-Grouper fish. The Argus Grouper fish can be found in the Indian Ocean – eastern to western, Indo-Pacific, Pacific – western central, Pacific – eastern central, Pacific – northwest, where it is considered mostly a commercial game fish, sometimes an invasive fish species and not the most popular as an aquarium fish. The Argus Grouper fish’s species is derived from its similarities to the monster Argus in Greek mythology due to the Argus “hundred staring eyes."
Features of the Argus Grouper fish
The Argus Grouper fish is usually medium sized with a fully matured juvenile reaching length of about twenty four inches (61 cm) with a brown body colorization and sometimes 4 to 6 lighter vertical bars on half the body. However, the younger, smaller species have hundreds of dark edged, small lustrous spots which are blue in color. The Argus Grouper fish has dark colored fins with light blue dots which cover the whole body of the fish. The dorsal section of the Argus Grouper fish’s body usually has six bands which are vertical and colored with white.
Aquarium of the Argus Grouper fish
The Argus Grouper fish can be kept in a 100 gallon (378 liters) tank, but a larger aquarium or a two hundred and fifty gallon tank (946 liters) due to the Argus Grouper fish’s feeding habits and size. Considering holes and decorations, it is necessary that you first consider providing the Argus Grouper fish with rocks, crevices and caves where they can use as hiding places, for refuge, hanging out joints or as territorial boundaries. This can be done by placing suitable-sized rock materials in the aquarium including artificial corals, live rocks and base rocks. However, it is important to ensure that the placed rock material is stable enough in order to avoid it from being knocked over by the Argus Grouper fish.
Diet of the Argus Grouper fish
The Argus Grouper fish is known to be intensely aggressive and can eat its aquarium mates along with crustaceans. The Argus Grouper fish feeds by springing forward and opening their mouths wide open sucking up their targeted prey in a single huge gulp. The Argus Grouper fish’s mouth is extremely large and when it is opened, a strong suction is developed taking in all that which it can accommodate. The Argus Grouper fish usually feeds on wide varieties of shrimps, lobsters, octopuses, lobster, squids and krill.