Starry Trigger - Abalistes stellatus The Starry Trigger fish comes from among the reefs of the Indo-West Pacific and has a very interesting color pattern. The body is tan with many dark spots that fade into yellow as they progress downward on the fish. The fins of the Starry Trigger fish are striped in blues, tans, and browns. A 125-gallon or larger aquarium with rocks and caves provides a good habitat for the Starry Trigger fish. It will rearrange the landscaping and rocks as it wanders in and out of the caves. It vocalizes using a "grunting" sound. The Starry Triggerfish is very friendly and will make a great pet, as well as a great conversation piece. The Abalistes or Starry Trigger gets it's name from the interesting color pattern on it's body. It's body is tan and had dark spots that fade into yellow toward the tail of the fish with fins striped in blue or tans. Relatively friendly, can be kept with other species providing they are the same size or larger. Not suitable for reef aquariums. Will eat crusaceans and invertebrates. May re-aquascape it's domain. Often learns to accept hand feedings and will grunt in anticipation of a treat. Maximum Size:
This species grows to 21 inches in length. General Size:
This Starry trigger fish is about seventeen to eighteen inches in length. Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
A 125 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Starry trigger fish . Tank Conditions:
The Starry 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 Starry trigger fish occurs on coral reefs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia, the Starry 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 Starry trigger fish diet consist of meaty foods such as live shrimps, live fishes and sometimes crustacean flesh. They are carnivorous.