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nataz 01/11/2008 02:15 AM

lyretail groupers
Anyone have a Variola louti, Lyretail Grouper? If so can you give me some info on them. Lfs has a 3 inche one for sell but I really dont want to go off what they say.


reefer334 01/11/2008 11:08 AM

I had a 15 inch one but it just recently died from a eye infection I tried everything to save him I was so bumbed!!!They are a great fish lots of personality,they grow very quick and get between 3-4 feet so be prepared to house him in a very very large tank .They will eat anything that is half there size or smaller so if you want to keep smaller fish to then I would not get one of these groupers.I would go with a miniatus as they do not get as big and grow much slower.My favorite is the Saddle back grouper,but they get very large as well.Hope this helped,Chris

reefer334 01/11/2008 11:12 AM

Her are a couple of pics for you.
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sokin 01/11/2008 06:51 PM

Thanks Reefer334 for the feedback. I think I may look into the Whitemargin Lyretail Grouper which I think only gets to be half the size of the Variola louti. I also looked at the Miniata Grouper which is also a jaw dropping fish but, I have been told the get real nasty onces the put on some size. :( Don't get me wrong most of my fish list is going to be aggressive but a large,nasty, big mouth fish the likes to swallow others might not be a good idea, but something to think about thou.
Thanks again, I might have to Pm you, U seem to have alot of fish I like and may keep oneday.


reefer334 01/12/2008 01:13 AM

Your welcome good luck and I am willing to help as much as I can,but even with all of my fish I am still a rookie LOL,Chris

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