Triggers and reef tanks

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  1. Gemma

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    Triggers cause me to catch my breath every time I see them. Love the way they swim.
    Are the any triggers that are soft coral friendly and does anyone have other advice.
    My system is 200litres, so its not very big.
     
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  3. Midasblenny

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    They tend to be fine while small and then almost overnight turn to rogues, taking chunks out of sps and other corals. The niger or blue trigger seems the safest but no guarantees at all.
     
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    Agree with Midas, but 200L is too small for these creatures even when they are babies.
     
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    agreed with warr. i you really want one, and have the filtration systems in place then get a bigger tank and go fish only....or dont love corrals:)

    but the blue throat is by far my fav:)
     
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    I would add that putting your hand in the tank with a trigger is somewhat risky too;)
     
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    So keep your hands out the tank!:razz:
     
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    ditto what war said,i also want one and my system is also to small(250-300l) for one:(
    mekaeel has a clown and seems to be fine, witch one is the better fish in a reef system niger or clown?
     
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    NIGER
     
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    Yes the Niger trigger is safer than the Clown Trigger.But i just love my clown.
     
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    Niger yes or so they say mine turned and when fu................... crazy and chowed my snails,hermits,and soft corals i would love to chance again but is it worth the risk
     
  12. Gemma

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    Thanks. I'll stick to what I have in this tank. Get no triggers. Maybe get another larger tank with fish only.
    Will let u know if and when I go this route.
    I do have a 1.2 x 0.45 tank with a 3 foot sump spare which I might start up again.
    Mmmmmm.
     
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    Gemma the 1.2m will be too small for triggers. They require much more swimming space.
     
  14. lanzo

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    how fast does triggers grow, i saw a small one about 7cm
     
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    They grow very fast. My Clown Trigger has doubled in size in a matter of 6 months.
     
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    ag shit,o.k thanks mek, i should look for something else then:(
     
  17. marine101

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    What about the Sargassum trigger. Not sure of species:(

    but Aquarium Fish International had a whole article on triggers
     
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    Awsome specimen marine101
    The Sargassum Trigger is infrequently available, never plentiful and sells out in an instant. Act immediately when available!

    Not often available, this is a one of the least aggressive of the triggerfishes, and one of the few triggers that can be kept in the reef aquarium. It will not bother corals and usually ignore sessile invertebrates. It can be kept with moderately-aggressive tankmates and can even be kept in groups in extra large aquariums. This trigger rarely bothers its tankmates. Like many triggers, it is often shy when first added to the aquarium, but becomes bolder as it learns to associate its caretaker with food. It prefers lots of open swimming space and brisk water movement. Juveniles associate with rafts of Sargassum weed (hence the common name). Also known as Red Tailed Triggerfish (large males have some red on the edge of the tail.)

    Sargassum Triggerfish
     
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    A wealth of information you are, thank-you
     
  20. Gemma

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    Aaagh no, just when I got all excited being able to get triggers in my 4 foot tank. Will have to do some more research. I have plenty of time anyway as I'm not looking at doing the conversion any time soon.
     
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    What is with this trigger being so expensive ? R4 - 6K

    Crosshatch Triggerfish (Xanthichthys mento)

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