SUPER GROUPER GETS NEW HOME AT AQUARIUM

A grouper fish which outgrew its tank has been given a spacious new home at Bristol Aquarium.
The fish, which measures close to half-a-metre in length, was donated to the Harbourside wildlife attraction from an aquatic shop in Gloucestershire.
Nelson, as he is known, is a yellowfin grouper and, after spending time in quarantine, he has now gone on display in the aquarium reef tank alongside a variety of exotic species including moray eels.
A highly colourful coral reef fish, the yellowfin grouper is found throughout the western Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Coloration can vary from a light brown to an intense red. Often found in shallow waters during cooler periods, the yellowfin grouper feeds in and around the coral reefs.
Bristol Aquarium curator, Dan de Castro, said: “Nelson is an excellent specimen and could eventually double in size. We were contacted by the shopkeeper who felt he was growing too large for his tank and wanted to find him a permanent new home.
“He is extremely friendly and has a very relaxed personality. Now he is on display we have got him to accept his food from a stick which means we are able to target feed him.
“As well as ensuring that he gets the right amount of food, target feeding also helps to ensure that he doesn’t steal food from the other fish he shares his new reef tank home with,” he added.
In the wild yellowfin grouper are a popular food fish and there is some concern about their long-term future and they are officially classified as being ‘Near Threatened’.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ‘Near Threatened’ is a conservation status assigned to species that may be considered threatened with extinction in the near future.

A grouper fish which outgrew its tank has been given a spacious new home at Bristol Aquarium.
The fish, which measures close to half-a-metre in length, was donated to the Harbourside wildlife attraction from an aquatic shop in Gloucestershire.
Nelson, as he is known, is a yellowfin grouper and, after spending time in quarantine, he has now gone on display in the aquarium reef tank alongside a variety of exotic species including moray eels.
A highly colourful coral reef fish, the yellowfin grouper is found throughout the western Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Coloration can vary from a light brown to an intense red. Often found in shallow waters during cooler periods, the yellowfin grouper feeds in and around the coral reefs.
Bristol Aquarium curator, Dan de Castro, said: “Nelson is an excellent specimen and could eventually double in size. We were contacted by the shopkeeper who felt he was growing too large for his tank and wanted to find him a permanent new home.
“He is extremely friendly and has a very relaxed personality. Now he is on display we have got him to accept his food from a stick which means we are able to target feed him.
“As well as ensuring that he gets the right amount of food, target feeding also helps to ensure that he doesn’t steal food from the other fish he shares his new reef tank home with,” he added.
In the wild yellowfin grouper are a popular food fish and there is some concern about their long-term future and they are officially classified as being ‘Near Threatened’.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ‘Near Threatened’ is a conservation status assigned to species that may be considered threatened with extinction in the near future.