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Blue Throat Trigger - Male
Xanthichthys auromarginatus
Blue Throat Trigger - Male
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Size: 3.5-5 inches
Care Level: Easy - Moderate
Temperament: Bold
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The Blue Throat Trigger is commonly called the blue chin triggerfish, or gilded triggerfish, which is grayish-brown, covered with light-blue spots. It is named aptly because of the presence of yellow edged fins, and dark blue area on the cheeks. The Blue Throat Trigger should be kept in a tank not less than 55 gallons with a lot of rockwork and caves that provide it ample space to hide and swim. It has a distinctive feature of making a ?grunting? sound, which sounds as if it is talking. The Blue Throat Trigger needs a varied diet of meaty foods that includes squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down its ever growing teeth. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit, and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Blue Throat Trigger is considered reef-safe but with caution, as it tends to nip over the corals, crabs, and snails if not properly fed. This fish is quite hardy, and a very good jumper, so we advise you to keep it in a closed lid aquarium. It is best to introduce a juvenile Blue Throat Trigger fish in the tank so that it can acclimatize in the tank. The Blue Throat Trigger basically wedges itself into the rock when it rests or sleeps, and locks itself in by raising its dorsal fin, and this defense mechanism makes it difficult for predators to attack on it during that time.
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Widely considerd the only reef safe Triggerfish.The Triggerfish family is comprised of peculiar shaped fish with two dorsal fins. The first dorsal includes a large spine that these fish use to lock themselves into places where they sleep or hide. The Triggers are also well known for their blowing behavior that they use to move items around in home aquariums. They will also pick items up with their mouths and move them. This is likely instinctual behavior that has rolled over from their nesting preparation. These fish can be aggressive, especially when feeding.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, Redspot321.
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