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Scatophagus argus
Spotted scat, Green scat, Red tiger scat
Linnaeus, 1766

Scatophagus argus - Spotted scat, Green scat, Red tiger scat - The scat comes in different colour forms -  pictured here is the Red Tiger scat, sometimes called Scatophagus argus atromaculatus
The scat comes in different colour forms - pictured here is the Red Tiger scat, sometimes called Scatophagus argus atromaculatus
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(Other members of the genus Scatophagus)

ADULT SIZE: 30 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Brackish (tablespoon of seasalt/gallon)

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Scatophagus argus anything, a true omnivore

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Indo-pacific

AQUARIUM CARE: Scatophagus argus hails from estuaries and coastal areas in much of the indo-pacific. Brackish water is acceptable in the short term, for juvenilles, but adult fish (which can grow quite large) require full marine water. This species is a true omnivore, that likes some vegetable matter, and can be trained to feed from the owners hand.

BREEDING: Unknown, but probably requires full marine conditions.

Have you bred Scatophagus argus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Scatophagus argus breeding reports








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Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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