Triggerfish keeping, the good and bad.

1971roadrunner

Hi, I've just started keeping Triggerfish in my newly set up 180g fowlr and couldn't be happier. I had thought that my beloved dogface and spiny box puffer or jeweled moray eel etc.. would be a blast to keep but nothing in my experience compares to keeping an aggressive Trigger ! The puffers like to do tricks, get belly rubs, and are highly trainable but these Triggers like to do the same but are far more intelligent (for fish) than any other fish I've ever kept. I feed them silversides/clams or even once some nice human chinese food out of the water, trained them to do barrel roles, spitting water for distance etc...and are the closest thing to having a submersible dog than you could ever keep. If you wish to keep one of these be aware that they can quickly kill other more docile fish if not properly mixed. I'm very proud of my guys and here are my pic's....with a lot of research I highly recommend these people to keep, enjoy.....

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*BTW, the Udulated Trigger named Thunderstruck is one you may want to avoid, have a nice day .
 

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krazyone2006

Nice I have looked at a few triggers before but everything that is reef safe invert wise gets way to big for my tank. LoL Maybe when I upgrade to a bigger tank I will get a couple. LoL
 

1971roadrunner

My man krazyone2006 , these triggers have boundless personality and cunning! I don't know much about the more docile but mine have taken over my heart. They love nothing more than interacting with me (food source ) than anything and I play with them and the puffers a lot. I love my fish!!!

*they like most to play tug-of-war with a piece of squid !
 

MJDuti

I honestly haven't heard of many, if any, non-aggressive triggers. They are amazing fish though. Do yours grunt?
 

Claire Bear

That is so cool! I would love to see a video of them in action! They sound like my little lap dog without the hair!
What size tank do you have to get, minimum for a trigger? And yes, I know I could look it up but I would much rather ask you!
 

MJDuti

I never thought I'd say this, but...no more tanks Claire!
 

Claire Bear

LOL! You sound like the spouse.
I have promised him to move to 15 tanks by next summer (that is down 5) but I did not say I would not buy a huge one for something interesting!
 

1971roadrunner

They only grunt when I hold them out of the water to say hello to them. I was told this is not cruel to do by many experienced keepers and they do come right to me to be played with so I have to agree.

* My G-friend said she will do a video of them but she's in a bad mood right now!?!?
 

MJDuti

My G-friend said she will do a video of them but she's in a bad mood right now!?!?

lol, at least your gf offered.
 

krazyone2006

I've read a lot about people keeping the pink tail triggers, blue throat triggers and crosshatch triggers(if your pockets are that deep LoL) in reef tanks before has to do with the mouth I forget what its called but because of that it makes it almost impossible for them to attack/eat inverts like shrimps. All triggers usually need anywhere from a 125g to a 180g tank depending on the species some species get to 12+ inches.
 

1971roadrunner

For some reason I think Mike had/has one in his tank-could be wrong and too lazy to check his profile now. I've heard of these in a reef tank but people don't always give long term results with stocking to be sure about? If I had a reef I'd be more interested in the corals than the fish as long as I still had my fowlr's.

*those pink tails are beautiful but would go with others before. Really thinking about a clown trigger though, and painful not to just go get one!
 

krazyone2006

Save for one of these LoL



Beautiful Fish
 

1971roadrunner

That crosshatch is crazy beautiful and fascinating, just don't have the bank for one though they had one in a LFS in the Bronx for $290. Cant afford that especially when dating a cranky woman who is a CFA (certified financial analyst-ughhh) and for some reason watches over MY money???
 

MJDuti

don't clown triggers get HUGE?! plus the name "clown" is deceiving...unless you're referring to the clown from IT.
 

krazyone2006

or Twisty the clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show LoL
 

1971roadrunner

If I got a clown trigger (get too big though-maybe?) would probably now call him Captain Spaulding (Cutter) who's the clown from House of 1000 Corpses./The Devils Rejects !
 

1971roadrunner

Had to post this one , lucky shot.



* 'Nuf said!
 

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