Clown Triggerfish

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  1. Broder

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    I really, really, really, want one. Ever since I can remember, they've been the epitomy of what a tropical coral reef should have swimming around it.

    Has anyone ever had a rouge one that took to eating only coral? If it only nips here and there, I quite happy to take that chance. There aren't any shrimp or small/weak fish in the tank either, so no probs on that front.

    Will they grow to their maximum size quickly? Or will they regulate to the size of the tank to an extent?

    Will they move larger rocks around? Say roughly fist size?
     
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    Hey broder I dont have any info on the matters u wanting to know
    But i saw a clown trigger at Your pet shop last week very nice size and looked pretty healthy
     
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    mekaeel had 1 in his sps reef im sure he will be fine
     
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    I have one for about 2 months now, he took out one of my hermits and nibbled on a turbo's shell but have been keeping him well fed so no damage to anything else. But i believe that each has a personality of their own....
     
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    Awesome fish to have and it has excellent character. I had mines for about 3 years and then lost him due to "velvet". He never touched any of my SPS, Shrimps or hermit crabs. The worst i saw him do was bite into a piece of LR and take out some gogga.
    In terms of size, when i got him, he was about 2cm's and then died at about 10cm's.
     
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    broder they will move rocks, they are not excessively destructive to some corals but if they take a liking to a specific one then you can kiss it goodbye as they have powerful jaws. I have had mine an adult for over 16 years they are like dogs and come with different personalities some gentle and meek others terrible and destructive. Clams are going to be in danger with a clown trigger.They do not grow as fast as other fish like French angels or Vlamingi tangs but it also depends on how big the aquarium is the more space and food it has the faster it will grow
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Excellent information guys. Thank you kindly. I will be collecting a beautiful specimen tomorrow and will post pics shortly. Thanks again for helping me make a confident choice.
     
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    Broder, reading Achilles post, it is a 50/50 chance you going to be taking, mines never gave me hassles where as with Achilles.....
     
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    Mine is a real gentle giant but i have seen smaller juvenile clown triggers tear into other invertebrates and fish so... yes 50/50 chance you get a good natured one , it might also depend on how they feel in your aquarium enviroment. They just have the equipment to do damage if they want.

    Mine is fine with cleaner shrimp but i have seen him eat them too if they are not introduced at night when he is sleeping , the shrimp has to find a hidey hole and then the Trigger will respect it as a cleaner and not as food
     
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    There aren't any inverts that it would consider food such as shrimp and clams. There are corals of course, but it would take awhile before it makes a dent in those, and I could intervene before that.

    It's a very boisterous tank with all of the inmates being robust to aggro, so it should fit right in.

    The quarantine/holding tank where it stays for 3 weeks has glass shrimp and star polyps in it, so I'll get a good indication of it's nature beforehand.
     
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    I say grab it Broder!
     
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    gMAN with the plan

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    I second that :thumbup:
     
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    pics? report back?
     
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    Sure.... It's undoubtedly my favourite fish to date. I collected it on Saturday and put it into my quarantine tank. Our friendship began as it swam up to an aiptaisia and ripped a big chunk out of it. OK, that was the last time that it did it, but our friendship is sealed. It basically eats all of whatever you throw at it. I don't actually know how much it can eat because I'm scared to throw more than 1 prawn a day into the 2 foot tank, for fear of raising ammonia levels.

    There are still 8 glass shrimp in the tank, all accounted for. In fact the triggerfish swims up to them and begs them to clean inside its open mouth.

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    Eish, I wana get myself another one.....
     
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    great photo's of an amazing fish!! nice!
    man i love this fish, i just love my shrimps aswell.. mm.
     
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    dam its awesome broder:thumbup:
     
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    wow at that size they are awesome. if only they could stay small.
     
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    A real beauty of a fish. Does he make those sort of grunting noises?
     
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    awesum broder, he looks like a real beaut:) best of luck with it
     
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