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Old 09-06-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Trigger fish- are they bad for reef tanks and aggressive

I'm new here and I'm well read up but want to here practical advice on certain things. I got a 270g tank from my parents and have about 30 fish. I love trigger fish and I really want a clown blue and picasso trigger fish but they say there bad for reef tanks and are aggressive is this true
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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I'm new here and I'm well read up but want to here practical advice on certain things. I got a 270g tank from my parents and have about 30 fish. I love trigger fish and I really want a clown blue and picasso trigger fish but they say there bad for reef tanks and are aggressive is this true
Yes. Very.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Aggressive, yes, but in a 270 gallon it might not be an issue. The more space you have, the less aggressive a fish tends to be. Keeps it occupied exploring. With two, I'd guess you'd want to add then at the same time, but someone with more experience would know more. Now, reef safety...

http://www.liveaquaria.com/general/c...lity_chart.cfm

And a trigger will mow down on any snails, clams, small fish, or other tasty morsels
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I had a picasso in a reef and he never touched a coral. He did, in the first day eat every snail I had though. He ate my entire clean up crew really fast. They have teeth to crush shell so nothing is safe. So he's reef safe with caution as you can have coral but not inverts. He never touched my cleaner shrimp though....

BTW, very cool fish. If I had a 270 I'd throw one in for sure, thats just me though a lot of people wouldn't try. I hear crosshatch is a pretty good bet for a reef....
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Yes crosshatch pinktail Niger sargassum etc are best for reef tanks. Good rule is that if they have an upturned mouth they're less aggressive. What 30 fish do you have? Seems overstocked unless they're all nano fish, in which case you wouldn't want a trigger.
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Triggers are cool enough to warrant their own tank. I agree most corals are safe, but anything with a shell is lunch.
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I have a 250 mainly trigger tank and I wouldn't trust them with any corals they pick/eat anything i put in my tank.
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I agree. I have over the years had many different triggers and several of the forum members keep them as they are a fantastic fish. Just recognize them for what they are...predators with really sharp jaws. Why do I think of Odd Job from the Bond movies with his stainless steel jaw? Anyway...everyone has a tail of the model trigger fish in the reef. But IMO, it is like keeping Moray's in a fire fish tank.
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Trigger fish would do best in a species tank.
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Trigger fish would do best in a species tank.
And well worth setting one up. There are a lot of cool fish you can't keep with corals.
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