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Clown Triggerfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Clown Triggerfish
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The Clown Triggerfish has a dramatic coloration, making this species a most sought after addition to the home aquarium. The Clown Triggerfish is found along the inner and outer portions of a reef in the wild, wherever shellfish and other invertebrates are found.

Among the most colorful, the Clown Triggerfish is also one of the most aggressive, commonly kept inhabitants of an aquarium. Care should be taken in selecting its tank mates, choosing other aggressive, large fish. The tank decor should also be chosen based on the propensity of the Clown Triggerfish to rearrange it.

It's diet should include 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: Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)

Family: Balistidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 20 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 135 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

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