Scatophagus argus
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Scatophagus argus

Common Names: Argus Fish
Green Scat
Red Scat
Spotted Scat
Synonyms: Chaetodon argus
Ephippus argus
Scatophagus argus argus
Family: Scatophagidae
Category: OthersFW
Distribution: Australia; Costal brackish and salt water of Australia to Indonesia.
Main Ecosystem: Estuary; Estuary
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful, schooling. Older Scat may become predatory towards small fish.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed live worms and algae flakes. The Scat is sensitive to nitrites. This is not a freshwater species. Young Scat are born in brackish water and migrate towards saltwater as they age. Scat should be kept in schools in a large tank. Plants will be eaten, including Java Fern (which can be poisonous).
7.2 - 8
21°C - 29°C
70°F - 84°F
Potential Size: Male: 30cm (11.8")
Female: 30cm (11.8")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Not possible to determine from external features.
Breeding: Has not been bred in captivity.
Comments: The colour and spots fade as this species ages. It has been reported that the dorsal fin's spines are mildly poisonous. Caution should be observed when doing maintenance in the tank. It is reported that Java Ferns are toxic to this species.
Main Colours:
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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Submitted By: Adam
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