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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

Green Scat - Scatophagus argus, Live Freshwater / Brackish Tropical Fish

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Ruby Red Scat - Scatophagus argus, Live Freshwater / Brackish Tropical Fish

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Time left: 18d 21h 46m

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.

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