Clown Trigger Fish - Balistoides conspicillum - Clown Triggerfish
Clown Trigger Fish - Balistoides conspicillum The Clown Trigger fish is a solitary fish most commonly found around coral reefs near steep drop offs. It has strong jaws which can be used to crush and eat sea urchins, crustaceans and hard-shelled mollusks. The Clown Trigger fish is a dark brown bodied fish with large white spots on the underside. There is a squared yellow patch below the dorsal fin which has leopard like brown spots. The mouth is yellow and ringed with white. There is a yellow band under the eyes and across the bridge of the snout. The second dorsal fin and anal fin are colorless with yellow bases and highlight. The tail base is yellow with black spots and the caudal fin is black with a vertical yellow band. The Clown Trigger fish has a dramatic coloration, making this species a most sought after addition to the home aquarium. The Clown Trigger fish is found along the inner and outer portions of a reef in the wild, wherever shellfish and other invertebrates are found. Among the most colorful, the Clown Trigger fish is also one of the most aggressive, commonly kept inhabitants of an aquarium. Care should be taken in selecting its tank mates, choosing other aggressive, large fish. The tank decor should also be chosen based on the propensity of the Clown Trigger fish to rearrange it. Maximum Size:
The Clown Trigger fish grows upto 14 inches in length. General Size:
This fish generally comes in size varying between 4 to 8 inches. Minimum Tank Size:
A 100 gallons or larger aquarium provides good environment for Clown Trigger fish. Tank Conditions:
The Clown Trigger fish should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023. Habitat:
The Clown Trigger fish occurs on coral reefs of the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is known from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef to northern New South Wales. Feeding and Diet:
The Clown Trigger fish is an omnivore that can be fed a mixed diet of shrimp, squid, clams, fish, and other meaty fares suitable for carnivores, as well as marine algae and vitamin-enriched herbivore foods.