Keeping Groupers and Soapfish
by Bob Goemans
These fishes belong in the Order Perciformes and Suborder Percoidei as members of the Family Serranidae (Groupers & Anthias), which consists of 3 subfamilies having about 62 genera, containing about 450 species. As for groupers, they are among the largest of fishes, e.g., the Potato Cod weighs in at about 900 pounds, with some capable of reaching 10 feet (3 m) in length. Certainly nothing for the home aquarium!
In the wild, some of the larger species appear to hang almost motionless as they await a tasty morsel to come close enough... For the rest of this article including its photos, which was written for TFH and printed in their Februry 2009 issue Click Here