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Silver Scat



Picture of Silver Scat, Selenotoca multifasciata Picture of Silver Scat, Selenotoca multifasciata
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Silver Scat, Spotbanded Scat
Scientific name:Selenotoca multifasciata
Synonyms:Scatophagus multifasciatus
Size:Reported up to 16" (40cm), but usually quite a bit smaller in aquaria.
Origin:Indo-West Pacific region.
Tank setup:A large brackish tank (80 gallons/360 litres plus advisable for a shoal of adults) with plenty of open swimming space. Branches, roots or bogwood can be used for decor, along with plastic plants if desired.
Compatibility:Slightly territorial towards its own kind, and is therefore best kept in a small group to spread out any aggression. Mixes well with Monos. Avoid keeping with delicate fish as they can be quite boisterous.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Maintain in brackish conditions. Juveniles are often sold in fresh or slightly salted water, but medium to high-end brackish or marine conditions are preferable for adults, though the exact salinity is not critical and can be varied to simulate natural conditions.
Feeding:Omnivorous, eats any foods offered, so provide a varied diet including plenty of vegetable matter. Will eat live plants.
Sexing:No apparent differences.
Breeding:Unknown, but changes in salinity are likely to be required.
Comments: As a truly brackish fish, this species may wander between full marine, brackish conditions and into freshwater, and can therefore tolerate a wide range of salinities. It is not recommended that they be kept long-term in freshwater in the aquarium. Usually less boisterous than Green Scats (Scatophagus argus).

 

 

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