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Blackbelly Triggerfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Blackbelly Triggerfish
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The Blackbelly Triggerfish is also known as the Black Patch Triggerfish or Bursa Triggerfish. Sufflamen bursa may also be referred to as the Bursa Triggerfish. Rhinecanthus verrucosus has a face that is half white and half yellow; it also has a pencil-thin moustache and a colorful mask across the eyes. Another distinguishing feature is a large black circular area on the abdomen.

It needs a 75 gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves. It will rearrange the landscaping and rocks. It vocalizes with a "grunting" sound.

The Blackbelly Triggerfish requires meaty foods such as whole shrimp, krill, squid, clams, and small fish.

Like other triggerfish, they are not compatible with: Anglers & Frogfish, Basslets, Batfish, Cardinalfish, Filefish, Pseudochromis, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.

Fish Facts

Name: Blackbelly Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus verrucosus)

Family: Balistidae

Range: Western Pacific

Size: Up to 9 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

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