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Old 02-05-2007, 02:54 AM   #1
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what size trigger

Hi, I am new to this forum as well as saltwater aquariums and I had a few questions. I have a 46 gallon bowfront tank. Ok my first question about how many fish should I have in the tank? I want trigger fish. What size trigger fish should I put in a 46gal? Small or medium size? And what are some fish that would work well with triggers? Thanks for any help I appreciate it!
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To be honest, I can't think of a trigger that would be happy with that sized tank. Most need at least a 70G tank. That being said, triggers will limit your other inhabitants and any clean up crew. They really best kept in their oen tank, but there are a few fish they might get along with them, like a maroon clownfish.... We'll have to wait for the folks that are more experienced in triggers to come along.
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Sorry...A 46gal is simply too small to house any species of trigger. You do have several great options for colorful fish however. In a tank of that size it is best to focus on more community oriented fish.
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Even a small trigger? A small trigger is 1-2 inches? That wouldn't work? At this site it says 20 gal would do?

http://www.marinecenter.com/fish/triggers/clowntrigger/
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Well at this site it says none will do. I trust Liveaquaria more. Check out all their triggers and you`ll see that they need bigger tanks.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/scateg.cfm?pCatId=44
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ok correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that site for a normal size triggers not small triggers?

There are different size triggers right? (I am very new to this).
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They are the same as what you had on yours. If you were to look at both sites you will see that both sites have all different sizes of them. The difference is that One is a respected site and tells it like it is as far as minimum tank size and the other is trying to make a sale.
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Ok so what size tank does a small 1-2 inch trigger need?
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Thing is a small 1-2 inch trigger will fast grow into a 10-24 inch trigger. They don't make 'em dwarf. They don't stay small. They grow. Fast.


Any trigger at all should be raised and kept in at least 60 gallons.

Providing the Proper Habitat: Triggerfish are bottom dwellers and usually live in the shallower, in shore areas of coral reefs. They are very active fish and need plenty of room to move around. They should only be kept in larger aquariums. Be sure to learn about any particular type of Trigger you want to purchase. Remember, some species grow to a very large size of up to 14 or 16 inches. It is best to provide these fish with plenty of rocks, stones, or coral formations to hide in. The more objects for them to hide around, behind or under, the better. Ample cover gives the other tank inhabitants a happy, safe feeling environment, as well helps to reduce conflicts and aggression in the community.
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ok so they dont stay that size ok I get it I am an idiot. I thought that they stay that size. Sorry. Im new to this.
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