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Halfmoon Triggerfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Halfmoon Triggerfish
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The Halfmoon Triggerfish, also known as the White Tip Triggerfish, or Whitetail Triggerfish, has a brownish-black body with a blue underbelly. Yellow highlights the operculum and caudal fin (tail), which has a white tip.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves provides a good habitat, although it may rearrange the landscaping and rocks to its liking. It vocalizes using a "grunting" sound.

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

As with other triggerfish, caution is required with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Eels, Goatfish, Gobies, Groupers, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Puffers, Squirrelfish, Tangs & Surgeons, Triggerfish and Wrasse.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Halfmoon Triggerfish (Sufflamen chrysopterus)

Family: Balistidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 10 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: 125 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

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