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Old 02-01-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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Trigger fish????

So my friend is getting rid of his niger trigger fish which is presently in a tank with a bunch of clown fish, and angel, a blue tang and a bunch of corals and anemone. I was wondering if I should risk getting him, he is very nice and I have more than double the tank size than him (his tank is over populated) mine is a a 120. I currently have 4 clowns,solar wrasse, convict tang, yellow tang, royal gamma and an anthea as well as some shrimps and a reef lobster. Should I try him or skip him?

I have watched him feed him by hand and he is fine. He never touches any of the corals or fish. Only thing he does is sharpen his teeth on the live rock.
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a trigger is still a trigger if you asked me .. one day he might snap and you might come home to half your stock nailed and dead
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:21 PM   #3
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a trigger is still a trigger if you asked me .. one day he might snap and you might come home to half your stock nailed and dead
well apparently my friend made his trigger him a cave to nest in, and his tang beat him up and took over it, so not sure how aggressive he is...
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What kind of trigger is it? He should be fine with most of your fish. The only one i would worry about is the royal gamma. You should assume if you get it that your shrimp and possibly even your reef lobster will be trigger food pretty quickly. Your tank is pretty well stocked right now so adding an aggressive fish as one of your last should be ok. He will be the new kid on the block and less likely to be aggressive.
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So my cleaner shrimp and peppermint shrimp will most likely get eaten up? the reef lobster too? (could he not mess up the trigger himself lol?)
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What kind of trigger?
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I've got two triggers,..a picaso trigger which seems to get along with everybody and a rectangular trigger which is one mean s.o.b....
On the other side, they are real characters and a trip to watch their antics,....but, if I were in your shoes I'd use a lot of caution trying to introduce one into your established setup.
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What kind of trigger?

IT is a niger trigger.... very nice looking fish.... what do you guys think?
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the niger is among the most peaceful of the triggers. the blue throat, and the pink tail are in the same grouping. some folks have them in reef tanks.
i simply wouldn't put it in your 120 because you already have 3 fish that are going to be fairly large soon.
also, they do tend to hide a bit more than i would like.
i would also be concerned for the inverts.
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Well in my friends tank his cleaner shrimp actually cleans the niger like my shrimp does to my yellow tang. So he is obviously a nice niger trigger. I think I am stubborn haha I wanna give him a try, he is a nice fish! If my fish get too big I will just have to get another tank or an even bigger haha
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