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Hawaiian Black Trigger
Melichthys sp.
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Tank Stats
Size: 3.5-4 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivorous
Origin: Hawaii
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallon

The Hawaiian Black Triggerfish is commonly referred to as the Indian Triggerfish, or Black-Finned Triggerfish. With its brown body and black fins along with white lines at the base of the dorsal fins, it makes a gorgeous addition to any aquarium. The Hawaiian Black Triggerfish grows up to 10 inches and needs a tank of 90 gallon or larger tank, along with many hiding places or spots. It is easy to care for and that makes it a good choice for a beginner aquarist. The Hawaiian Black Triggerfish is very active swimmer and will swim all about the aquarium. It is still considered an aggressive species and should only be kept with other larger fishes in a fish-only environment in the home aquarium. The Hawaiian Black Triggerfish requires plenty of live rocks and large open area to swim. If kept in smaller aquariums, this species tends to be more aggressive and less tolerant of other similar species. The Hawaiian Black Triggerfish is not considered reef safe and are not recommended for reef aquariums as they can be destructive to some coral species and will often feed on ornamental crabs and shrimps living in the aquarium. It is omnivores and will appreciate a varied diet of both meaty food items and frozen or flaked herbivore preparations that contain marine algae and are vitamin-enriched. Like other Triggerfish species, the Hawaiian Black Triggerfish can be trained to hand feed at the surface of the aquarium and is considered a bold feeder.

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