Coral Hind (Cephalopholis miniata)

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Coral Hind

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Coral Hind

Cephalopholis miniata

473 Litres (125 US G.)

30.5-45.7cm (12-18 ")


8.0 - 8.5

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years



Additional names

Coral Hind, Miniatus Grouper, Vermilion Grouper, Miniata Grouper, Coral Rockcod, Blue-Spot Rockcod, Coral Grouper, Coral Cod

Additional scientific names

Cephalopholis miniatus, Perca miniata, Epinephelus miniatus, Serranus miniatus


Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This fish is reef-safe, although it may dislodge fragile corals, but will prey on smaller fish and invertebrates. It is a reef-dwelling predator which forms harems in the wild with a dominant male and 2-12 females.


Should be fed a meaty diet including krill, shrimp and small pieces of fish. Will also accept feeder fish but this is a risky diet option for captive fish.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

These are very messy fish so need a very large and well filtered tank.


A predator towards smaller fish and invertebrates.


The Coral Hind can look like a red variation of the black-coloured Argus Grouper. Its colouration can vary as it does have chameleon-like tendencies. Its typical colouration is a red-orange with lighter broad bands running horizontally starting just behind the gill plate, and with brilliant blue spots covering the body.



In a community aquarium:

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