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The Golden-striped Grouper, Grouper, Goldline Grouper, or Sixline Grouper is well known for producing a skin toxin, called grammistin, which dissuades predators. This toxin is given off when the fish is frightened or annoyed.
The photo above shows the adult coloration of the Golden-striped Grouper, Grouper, Goldline Grouper, or Sixline Grouper. The juvenile coloration is quite different. Basically six black and white evenly spaced stripes run horizontally the length of the fish. As it gets older, the white stripes get smaller until they become the dotted pattern and the black becomes lighter until the fish looks like the photo above.
This grouper is well suited to aquarium life since it only get to be about 10 inches (25 cm) long. This is small for a grouper!
Rudy Salinas - 2013-04-26 I can't say enough about this grouper. I had one for 14 years. He was so friendly that as I would clean his tank, he would loved to be touched, then he would turn upside down to get his belly rubbed. He even came to me if I signaled him by rubbing my fingers. Be cautious about putting others with them, they are extremily territorial.
Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27 I'm glad to hear a good story about the Golden Striped Grouper in the aquarium. They are such interesting looking fish, nice to know they can do well, even if they want to be the 'top dog', and sounds like 'the only dog' in their tank...lol.
Jennifer - 2007-11-12 We have two of these fish and they are absolutely incredible! Tons of personality, very curious, and they exhibit the funniest behaviors. One always follows his best friend, a Blue-Spotted Grouper, around and they share the same sleeping spots. Another thing both like to do is always be in contact with the other fish and eel, they always rub against each other and try to keep touching something.