Miniatus Grouper

Coral Trout ~ Coral Rock Cod ~ Jewel Bass

Family: Serranidae Picture of a Miniatus Grouper or Coral TroutCephalopholis miniata
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I just purchased one today and I must say that it is a stunning fish to have in the tank. If you want to keep one, make sure your tank is large enough and you have... (more)  E. Holmes

   The Miniatus Grouper, Coral Trout, Coral Rock Cod, or Jewel Bass is a very strikingly beautiful fish! They have a flamboyant red color with white and blue dots. A juvenile can be yellow with the blue spots being faint and pale.

   This fish ranges from the Red Sea to the mid-Pacific living in coral reefs looking for smaller fish upon which to dine. The Miniatus Grouper, Coral Trout, Coral Rock Cod, or Jewel Bass reach 18 inches in the wild and are therefore only suitable for large aquariums, (at least 150 gallons).

For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium


Geographic Distribution
Cephalopholis miniata
Data provided by FishBase.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Serranidae
  • Genus: Cephalopholis
  • Species: miniata
Md Miniata Grouper or Coral Hind (Cephalopholis miniata)
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Miniata or Coral Grouper in captivity.

This is a great video of a young Coral Hind. While juveniles, they can eat up to 30% of their body weight. They like to stay close to the bottom of the tank, near their hideout. These fish grow to 16," although sometimes smaller in captivity. Only keep one per tank since they are very territorial.

Coral Hind (Cephalopholis miniata) Juwelen-Zackenbarsch
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Adult Coral Hind in the wild.

This video shows two adult Coral hinds in the wild, swimming near their favorite food, the Lyretail Anthias! This male and female show the size difference, since males are larger. They can have a darker red at the back part of the body with blue accents on the back fins. These fish grow to 16" or 41 cm and are best kept singly in a 100 to 180 gallon tank. Groupers will sometimes elicit the help of octopus or Gray Moray eels to flush out a morsel hiding within the rocks or corals of the reef.

Maintenance difficulty:    The Miniatus Grouper, Coral Trout, Coral Rock Cod, or Jewel Bass is easy to keep.

Maintenance:    Feed all kinds of live and frozen protein foods. Try squid, clams, shrimp, chopped fish. Live foods like guppies and goldfish are also appreciated and can be fed occasionally.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:    Miniatus Grouper, Coral Trout, Coral Rock Cod, or Jewel Bass are found in the Indo-Pacific.

Foods:    Like most groupers it is a meat eater that preys on small fish.

Social Behaviors:    This fish is a solitary predator that hangs out among the rocks waiting for prey.

Sex: Sexual differences:    Unknown.

Light: Recommended light levels:    No special requirements.

Breeding/Reproduction:    Unknown.

Temperature:    No special requirements.

Length/Diameter of fish:    Miniatus Grouper, Coral Trout, Coral Rock Cod, or Jewel Bass grow to length of 45 cm (18 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:    A minimum 150 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong    No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom    No special requirements. Provide rockwork large enough for the fish to hide.

Availability:    This fish is readily available and is moderately expensive.

Author: David Brough. CFS.
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Lastest Animal Stories on Miniatus Grouper

E. Holmes - 2014-08-25
I just purchased one today and I must say that it is a stunning fish to have in the tank. If you want to keep one, make sure your tank is large enough and you have plenty of rockwork for it to hide in. It doesn't come out much because that's not in it's nature, but when it does....WOW!

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Bill Ostrander, III - 2004-12-26
I owned one of these for several months and was my pride and joy. A very beautiful fish and wonderful to watch/interact with. I had lots of rockwork for him to hide amongst and he loved every part of it. I had to trade him in unfortunately because he tried to eat my powder blue tang. As soon as the grouper was out of the tank in a quarantine tank (to allow the tang to become acclimated), all of my other fish that had been hiding all the time came out. I put two and two together, and unfortunately the answer meant trading him in to my local fish store for in store credit. Probably one of the best fish I have owned, I just wish I had planned better as far as compatability.

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johnny - 2006-02-12
i have owned a miniatus for several months and like the last comment when i added tangs he went for them because he is so territorial. if u plan on owning one of these beautiful fishes and housing them with other fish it is highly recommended that u put this grouper dead last in order of fish in your tank so he does not territorialize every part of your tank. always research fish before adding them to your tank because fish dont deserve to die or suffer.....good luck


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anyone - 2011-07-14
I have this fish with arowana and flowerhorn
but no problem arise till now.

  • Anonymous - 2014-07-06
    It's a saltwater fish?
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some fish lover! - 2009-12-01
I just got one to put with my panther grouper in my 30 gallon tank and he never stops swimming around. The panther grouper chases him sometimes but it seems like he is fighting for territory. great fish!

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