Pinktail Trigger Fish - Melichthys vidua - Pink Tail Trigger - Hawaii Triggerfish
Pinktail Trigger Fish - Melichthys vidua The Pinktail Trigger fish has a handsome emerald-green body and a bright pink tail. Yellow accents the body at the face and pectoral fins with darker flecks on the scales. A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves provides a good environment. With caution, it can be used in a reef tank. Better behaved than the Niger Triggerfish, the Melichthys vidua or Pinktail Trigger fish is probably the most desireable for the reef aquarium. Is very shy at first but will become friendlier than many of the other triggers and not become aggressive with age but more tame. It is very hardy and can be kept with peaceful fishes of equal size or larger. It not as likely to re-aquascape your tank as the other triggerfish species often will. Will eat shrimps and other crusteaceans. Maximum Size:
This species grows to 14 inches in length. General Size:
This Pinktail trigger fish is about eight to ten inches in length. Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
A 75 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Pinktail trigger fish . Tank Conditions:
The Pinktail 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 Pinktail trigger fish occurs on coral reefs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia, the Pinktail trigger fish is known from central to north-western Western Australia and from the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef south to northern New South Wales. Feeding and Diet:
The Pinktail Trigger Fish diet consist of meaty foods such as live shrimps,live fishes and sometimes crustacean flesh they are carnivorous.