Clown Trigger

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Clown Trigger

This fish is known as Clown Trigger and the correct latin name is Balistoides conspicillum. It belongs to the Triggers family. (e) Origin of this fish is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

These fish are aggressive.

Clown Trigger can grow up to 50 cm what is approximately 19 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 6000cm2 of water surface which is approximately 930 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums have at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is easy to keep the Clown Trigger fish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The pH level should be stable, varying between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for marine fish.

The best is to keep this fish alone in the tank. Only in very large tanks you can keep other fish with this fish and you should raise the fish along with this species. In big aquariums the Clown Trigger can accustom to them. It is a very aggressive fish and it’s the most aggressive towards own specie so you should not keep more Triggers in one tank.

This fish will eat smaller fish, shrimps, scallops, squids, clams, corals and frozen food. You should not have problems with feeding.

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Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

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#1 Posted on Mon Jul 13 20:27:28 UTC 2009 by raul
I just got a small clown trigger about 1 1/2" in size. Will he do good in a 5 1/2 gallons tank (only the trigger)? I have live sand, live rock with some polyps and a tom rapids power filter pf-80. Can I add some mushrooms (ricordia)? Please let me know if you have the answers or any suggestions. Thank you. Have a good day.
This comment was published on Fri Jul 24 10:02:16 UTC 2009
#2 Posted on Fri Jul 24 10:04:23 UTC 2009 by Jan
No, a 5,5 gallon tank is too small for a Clown trigger. Now the fish is small, but it will grow to a large fish. It should have an about 40-70 gallon tank.

You can try that mushroom, but you should know, that it can kill its coral neighbour. However, it does not grow fast, so it might be not a big problem. It is photosynthetic, so it will need good light, but from time to time you should add some small meaty food such as shrimps.
This comment was published on Fri Jul 24 10:05:25 UTC 2009
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