Spotted Scat – Scatophagus argus

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Scatophagus argus Scat

Origin:

The Spotted Scat is usually found in the Indo-Pacific region, including Australia and Japan, where it inhabits coastal muddy waters.

Size:

Up to 15 inches.

Aquarium Size:

400l/100 US gal should be considered a minimum.

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 21 – 28°C
  • pH: 7.5 – 8.5
  • Hardness: Hard.

Diet:

The Scat is omnivorous and is a scavenger in nature. It should accept a wide range of prepared foods in the aquarium. A varied diet that contains plenty of plant matter is ideal.

Behaviour:

Scats are large growing, active fish that do best in groups of 6+. They are quick swimmers and require plenty of room to swim around. Larger tanks are required for groups of adult fish.

They are relatively peaceful and should be housed with similar sized Brackish/Marine species. Adults often prefer a full marine environment whilst juveniles are often happy in Brackish conditions.

Sexing:

Sexual differences are unknown.

Breeding:

There are no reports of Scats breeding in the home aquarium. Scats spawn in saltwater, the fry then make their way upriver to freshwater to grow, returning as they grow to brackish and then full saltwater.

This is extremely difficult to replicate within an aquarium.

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