Clown Triggerfish

  • Scientific Name: Balistoides Onspicillum
  • Family: Balistidae
  • Origin: East Africa to Samoa, and the Line Islands
  • Size: 30 centimetres (12 inches)
  • Temperature: 23°C – 28°C (74°F – 82°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
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  • Scientific Name: Balistoides Onspicillum
  • Family: Balistidae
  • Origin: East Africa to Samoa, and the Line Islands
  • Size: 30 centimetres (12 inches)
  • Temperature: 23°C – 28°C (74°F – 82°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
  • Specific Gravity (Salinity) – 1.019 to 1.025
  • Aquarium Size (Minimum) – 283 litres (75 gallons)
  • Appearance (Physical Description) – Black overall, with big white spots on the belly and a reticulate pattern of yellow lines on the back. Clown triggerfish also have orange “lipstick” with yellow highlights on the anal fin, dorsal fin and caudal peduncle. Juvenile clown triggerfish have a black body, and the whole body is covered with white spots.
  • Diet – frozen preparations for herbivores, frozen mysids, frozen fish eggs and finely grated frozen seafood.
  • Feeding Frequency – Grazes throughout the day
  • Compatibility- *See Compatibility chart*
  • Aggression – Aggressive towards tank community as it gets older.
  • Difficulty to keep – Moderate
  • Captive Breeding – No

 

Overview :

The clown triggerfish is truly a memorable fish. It is found on lagoon patch reefs, reef faces and slopes at depths of 10 to 240 feet. When threatened, this fish will dive into a hole or crevice and raise its trigger spine so that it cannot be extracted. While clown triggerfish are not a good choice for most reef aquariums, as they feed on a wide range of invertebrates (including crustaceans, molluscs, sea stars and urchins). Some triggerfish will also bite the tips off of staghorn corals. The adult clown triggerfish is usually a pretty durable aquarium species. However, small juvenile clown triggerfish often have a difficult time acclimating to captivity. The water parameters for the clown triggerfish should be a pH of 8.1 to 8.4, a specific gravity of 1.019 to 1.025 and a water temperature of 74 to 82 degrees.