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Clown Trigger - Small
Balistoides conspicillum
Clown Trigger - Small
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Size: 2.5-3.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Meaty, Pellet
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe:
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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.
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It is extremely important that you acclimate this fish properly or it will not survive. Follow Saltwaterfish.com's Acclimation Procedure whenever adding new fish or inverts.The Small Clown Triggers are usually only available during the Summertime. 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 the small Clown Trigger is black with numerous white spots covering its body. They will show a yellow-orange lip and back area which will change with age.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.
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