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Old 09-29-2014, 12:46 PM   #1
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is it or is'nt it reef safe

i'm getting conflicting info on the humu humu trigger



first in the stats it says no it's not reef safe



than when i read the description it claims it's absolutely reef safe so which is it ,
my wife loves the markings on the humu humu




i was looking at the blue throat trigger till my wife saw the humu humu and fell in love with it
the stats are conflicting to the description on the humu humu and misleading info isn't going to help me decide if it would work in my tank or not
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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I believe they're considered to not be reef safe because they feed on shelled inverts, and possibly smaller reef fish (I've heard mixed stories of them nipping at stony corals as well, but dont think that's typical), but if you don't mind replenishing your snails and crabs periodically I doubt you'd have a problem with the corals. Just a guess though, as I've never personally owned one.
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:26 PM   #3
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Yeah, they are "reef safe" in regards to corals, worms, etc., but put them in with any type of crustacean, small fish or urchins and it is snack time.
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ive checked 3 other sites and get the same contradicting info
if its only snails and hermits that i need to worry about i can deal with that as i replenish them every 3 months any way , as for small fish nothing under 2 inch , i also planed starting with a small humu 1 to 2 inch so he would grow as the others grew
ill wait till i get a few more inputs on them
i myself liked the blue throat but wife likes the humu and you know got to keep her happy
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I'd assume similar to my marine betta not being 'reef safe' because he likes to eat inverts.

You could ask Huma-huma about his...
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i do have a long spine urchin and he's huge around 4+ inch
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never thought about that thanks hank
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A Huma-Huma or similarly shaped trigger will go straight for the urchin as it one of their preferred foods. You can tell a bit about the different types of things different triggers eat by the placement of the eyes and mouth shape.
Humas and the other diamond shaped triggers feed mainly on crustaceans and urchins and that is why the eyes are set farther back and the mouth almost comes to a point. It is so they can get in past the spines/claws to bite without jeopardizing their eyes that much.

With urchins they will blast a jet of water at them or pick them up by a spine to try and flip them over, once flipped over it's an uni snack for the trigger.
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I have one and he is one of my favorite fish he ignores my blue devil damsel (he's a bully ) hermit crabs or coral are all fine


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I have one and he is one of my favorite fish he ignores my blue devil damsel (he's a bully ) hermit crabs or coral are all fine


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Wait until he is two or three times bigger than the damsel and hermits are pretty well defended and most triggers don't eat coral.
Put a shrimp or emerald crab in there and I'm sure it would be a different story.
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