Here are some key features and characteristics of the Clown Triggerfish:
Appearance: The Clown Triggerfish has a striking and distinctive appearance. It has a large head with a sharp, pointed snout. Its body is oval-shaped and laterally compressed, with a colorful pattern of black, white, and yellow/orange markings. It has a large, fan-like dorsal fin and a small anal fin.
Size: Clown Triggerfish can grow up to about 1 foot (30 centimeters) in length. However, in the wild, they can reach larger sizes of up to 20 inches (50 centimeters).
Behavior: These triggerfish are known for their aggressive and territorial nature. They are highly territorial and will defend their space vigorously. In the wild, they inhabit coral reefs and lagoons, where they establish and defend their territories.
Diet: Clown Triggerfish are omnivorous, feeding on a variety of foods. In the wild, they primarily consume small invertebrates like crustaceans, mollusks, and sea urchins. In captivity, their diet can be supplemented with a combination of high-quality commercial fish pellets, live or frozen meaty foods, and algae.
Compatibility: Due to their territorial and aggressive nature, Clown Triggerfish are not considered suitable for most community aquariums. They may become aggressive towards tank mates and even damage corals or other invertebrates. It is best to keep them in a large, species-specific aquarium or with other robust fish species that can tolerate their behavior.
Care requirements: Clown Triggerfish require a spacious aquarium with plenty of hiding places and open swimming areas. The tank should have a secure lid as they are known to be jumpers. They prefer a temperature range of 76-82°F (24-28°C) and a pH level of 8.1-8.4. Regular water changes and a well-maintained filtration system are important for their well-being.
- Care level: Easy
- Temperament: Aggressive
- Diet: Carnivore
- Reef Compatible: No
- Family: Balistidae
Minimum Tank Size: 300 gallons
- Size: 7-8 inches