Selenotoca multifasciata

Common Names: Silver Scat
Spot-banded Scat
Synonyms: Scatophagus multifasciatus
Family: Scatophagidae
Category: OthersFW
Distribution: Indo Pacific; Indo-West Pacific, Philippines, Indonesia, Northern Australia to Vanuatu
Main Ecosystem: Estuary; Tropical brackish through to marine coastal habitats including, coastal reef, tidal creeks, estuaries and rivers. Juveniles frequently found in fresh water reaches of rivers and their tributaries.
Temperament: Schooling; An active, semi-aggressive fish (individual temperament varies), should be in groups of 3 or more similar sized fish to disperse aggression and prevent bullying of tank mates, can be predatory towards small fish.
Diet: Ominvore; A greedy eater that will accept almost any food: Most live/frozen food small enough to fit in the scat's small mouth will be readily taken. Quality dried food will suffice, flakes are suitable for younger fish, larger specimens will require pellets to satisfy their appetites and will often bite tank mates when underfed. Silver Scats are also highly herbivorous and making vegetable material available, such as an appropiately sized lettuce leaf is recommended.
Care: Generally a hardy fish but is quite nitrite and nitrate sensitive, due to its large appetite and messy eating habits, frequent water changes and strong filtration are recommended. Young specimens can be kept in fresh water but addition of marine salt is recommended, adults are best kept in brackish through to marine conditons.
7.5 - 8.5
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
12 dH - 30 dH
Potential Size: Male: 28cm (11")
Female: 28cm (11")
Water Region: Middle
Activity: Diurnal
Gender: Cannot be determined from external features.
Breeding: Does not readily breed in captivity, would likely require a combination of evironmental and hormonal manipulation.
Comments: An intelligent fish with plenty of individual character. Best kept in a species tank or with other brackish water fish of a similar size, such as monos, other scats and archers. If plants are to be used, avoid any that are potentially poisonous as they may be eaten.
As with other scats the spines are considered venomous and can give a painful sting.
Main Colours: Silver, Black
Markings: Striped And Spotted
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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