Gilded Triggerfish

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Gilded Triggerfish

This species is known as Gilded Triggerfish, Blue Chin Triggerfish, Blue Throat Triggerfish and the correct latin name is Xanthichthys auromarginatus. It belongs to the Triggers family. (e) Origin of this fish is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

Especially males of this species are aggressive.

Gilded Triggerfish can grow up to 30 cm what is approximately 11 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 3600cm2 of water surface which is approximately 558 square inch. This fish should be kept in aquariums 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 hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Gilded Triggerfish. (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.

Gilded Triggerfish is a carnivore and it should be fed by meaty foods such as fish, squids, scallop, shrimps, clams and zooplankton. If you want to raise this fish, you should keep it with fish it’s own species. The best is to have only one male and one or a few females. The tank should contain hiding places, but also a lot of place for swimming. Also your fish tank should have sand bottom. The water should be very clean and with flow.

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

Gilded Triggerfish, picture 1

Gilded Triggerfish, picture 2

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