Vermilion Hind (Cephalopholis oligosticta)
Family: Serranidae (Anthias, Groupers)
Natural Range: Red Sea
Depth: 49 to 157 ft. Size: 11.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Natural History: The Vermilion Hind is found in open sand or rubble reef flats. It is more common in the deeper water of its range.
Husbandry: The Vermilion Hind is a hardy aquarium species that is best kept singly. It will eat any fish or crustacean that it can swallow and can be fed a variety of chopped fish species. It should be provided hiding places and may attack other fish that attempt to use its refuge. This grouper is reported to acclimate better in dimly lit aquaria and will learn to recognize its owner to 'beg' for food.
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