Coral Hind

From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

Jump to: navigation , search
Cephalopholis miniata - (Forsskål, 1775)
Coral Hind

A favorite of divers and aquarists alike and a classic smaller grouper. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This dazzling grouper has starred in countless reef calendars and is a commendable aquarium fish, virtually “bulletproof” and staying relatively small (for a grouper)—but still requiring a good-size home.

Family: Serranidae

Other common name(s):

  • Miniata Grouper
  • Coral Grouper

Native range:

Habitat: Reef. Provide it with at least one good, sturdy cave or ­hiding place. Like all large carnivores, it produces lots of waste, and the tank will need an efficient protein skimmer and carbon filtration.

Maximum length: 45 cm (18 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 379 L (100 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Near substrate.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed chopped seafood and meaty dry and frozen preparations. Feed to satiation several times a week. Color-enhancing foods should be offered frequently. An occasional specimen may require live feeder ghost shrimp to initiate feeding.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It can be rather reclusive when first added to the tank, but as time passes, it will become bolder (especially as it begins to recognize its keeper as a source of food).

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.

[edit] Notes

The Coral Hind is a voracious predator that will eat any fish or crustacean it can swallow (do not underestimate the size of its mouth or the speed with which it can attack). It is especially adept at ingesting long, skinny fish. (Lyretail Anthias are this species’ favorite prey in the wild.) Keep one per tank, as conspecifics are likely to quarrel. It can be housed with other smaller groupers if the tank is extra large.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Coral HindRDF feed
Common name Coral Hind  +, Miniata Grouper  +, and Coral Grouper  +
Family Serranidae  +
Genus Cephalopholis  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 18 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Indian Ocean  +, Western Pacific  +, Red Sea  +, and Line Islands  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name miniata  +
Swimming level Near substrate.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +