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Clown Trigger - SHOW
Balistoides conspicillum
Clown Trigger - SHOW
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Size: 6 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Meaty
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: NO
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The Clown Trigger is a solitary fish, which has a dark brown body with large white spots on the underside. With its stunning body markings, the Clown Trigger makes a captivating addition to any aquarium. It is one of the most aggressive triggers, and should never be kept with smaller fish or invertebrates. Since it might topple corals, the Clown Trigger is not considered reef safe and should not be kept in reef aquariums. It becomes a hardy fish once it acclimatizes in an aquarium and starts eating properly, therefore it can also be recommended to beginners. The Clown Trigger features sharp teeth that can bite when frightened. Also, it has strong jaws that can be used to crush and eat sea urchins, crustaceans and hard-shelled mollusks. Being a large fish, the Clown Trigger needs to be housed in large aquariums of 75 gallons or more. It prefers an aquarium with lots of caves and overhangs to explore as well as lot of open space to swim in. The Clown Trigger thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It can be fed with food that includes meaty foods and vegetables, along with chopped up sea foods such as shrimps and clams. The Clown Trigger should be fed at least twice a day of its continued good health.
Awesome Color - Great Fish
While I didn't splurge for the show clown, the clown trigger I received was magnificent. The colors are incredible. It is by far the most stunning fish in my collection. The fish also has plenty of personality. It follows me around after one day. It is a bit aggressive so be cautious. If thinking about adding the clown trigger to your collection, I would definitely recommend from
Reviewed by:  Tim Englehart from Farmington Hills, MI. on 12/29/2012
It is normal for this fish to take up to a full 24 hours to recover after shipping.The Clown Trigger is quite simply one of the most intriguing fish to gaze upon. These fish have incredible patterns as well as lots of personality. The undercolor of this fish is black with large white spots covering its lower body. They have orange lips and a yellowish saddle across its snout. The Clown Trigger has a yellowish colored back with numerous dark spots. These fish roam the reefs as solitary animals and do best in a species-only tank. They love to eat as much as you will feed them. They are very aggressive and fingertips should be kept out of the water when they are near.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 themsevles 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 preperation. These fish can be aggressive, especially when feeding.Photo by member natclanwy John Stevens
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