Clown Grouper (Pogonoperca punctata) Care
The Clown Grouper, Pogonoperca punctata, is also known as the Leaflip Soapfish. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a tan to brown body with white spots, they also have back bands that start at the top and come to a triangle point mid-body.
Groupers are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as chopped fresh fish, shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods. They only need to be fed every other day.
Clown Groupers are very large and require an aquarium of at least 180 gallons with plenty of live rock. These fish are semi-aggressive.
They are considered reef safe “with caution” because although will not normally bother coral, they may eat other fish and invertebrates.
NOTE: When stressed, this fish may release toxins into the water that could kill the entire aquarium.