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Scatophagus argus (Spotted Scat)

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A deep-bodied fish patterned with numerous dark spots. Juvneiles are usually more brightly coloured than the adults, having proportionately fewer spots against a more metallic and shiny base colour. Red or green markings on the dorsal surface and dorsal fin may be seen in some juveniles, but these tend to fade on adults.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A peaceful, though robust, schooling fish. Makes a good companion for monos, shark catfish, and brackish water archerfish. Not bred in captivity.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Indo-West Pacific
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 30 cm, normally smaller in aquaria
Water Parameters Brackish to marine (SG 1.010 upwards)
Water PH 8.0

Useful sources of information:

The best reference is in Frank Schaefer's Brackish Water Fishes book from Aqualog. To buy a copy of this book click here.