Fish Guide

Scat   (Scatophagus argus)
Family: Scatophagidae (Scats)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, and Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 13 ft.   Size: 12 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Worms, crustaceans, insects, algae, plant matter
Natural History: The Scat is found in mangroves and estuaries, generally over mud bottoms. Its dorsal, anal, and pectoral fin spines are believed to be capable of envenomation. This species has a number of different color variants in terms of colors and spots.
Husbandry: The Scat grows to a large size so only one should be housed per aquarium. It should be offered a wide variety of vegetable materials, supplemented with meaty foods. Adults are reported to thrive best in salt water while young and juveniles thrive better in brackish systems.

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