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Bluechin Triggerfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluechin Triggerfish
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The Bluechin Triggerfish, also known as Blue Throat Triggerfish, or Gilded Triggerfish, is grayish-brown, covered with light-blue spots. The fins are edged in yellow. The male of the species has a darker blue area on the cheeks, hence the name Bluechin or Blue Throat.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves provides a good environment. The Bluechin Triggerfish will rearrange the landscaping and rocks. It is said to "talk," which is actually a grunting sound.

The Bluechin Triggerfish requires 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: Bluechin Triggerfish (Xanthichthys auromarginatus)

Family: Balistidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 9 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

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