Triggers in Reef systems???

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  1. Landu

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    Has anyone ever kept a picasso trigger in full reef system succesfully???
    I know someone has kept a nigger trigger but looking to maby get a picasso...
    Advise please.:yeahdude:
     
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  3. Keanan

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    I have a small picasso the size of a R5 coin if not bigger in my tank. Have mostly softies and LPS and 2 SPS.
    He has behaved ever since I added him about 2 months ago, also have 3 shrimps and 2 or 3 hermits and 4 or 5 turbo snails and lots of stomatella snails.
    I have seen him nip at a stometella or 2 that has fallen on its back but other than that I haven't seen him go at my corals or any other inverts.

    Still watching him closely tho, just in case.;)
     
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    I think @gMAN also have one in his reef. Maybe he can give his experience as well.
     
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  5. Landu

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    Sweet, thanks for the advise, that's exactly what i wanted to hear... lol
    If anyone had bad experiences, please share aswell...

    Tha one i'm looking to get is about 10cm
     
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    the biggest problem is that they eat shrimps/hermits etc and can be destructive. I think the most reef safe is a niger but they will eat any shrimps that you add after them
     
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    Any other comments?

    cos thus far it doesn't sound like a bad idea...
     
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    Got a small guy in my setup, about 5-6cm for a few months now, great personality! Only now and then will pick up substrate looking for a snack and drop over rocks/corals but cos he's so small it's like a pinch of sub. MY cleaner shrimp has disappeared in recent weeks but it was much bigger than the Picasso so I'm putting it's death/disappearance down to old age, had it since 2009. No hassles with my other 2 triggers or the other fish. I've got only softies and lps...hope this helps..

    Here he is, "Pablo" :tt2:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Like @gMAN said,the substrate is a problem. Mine is slightly bigger so I have to fan the corals and rocks at least twice a week. Another thing is if you have an Anemone,when it comes to feeding I give him some fleshy bits as well or else he hampers me whilst I try to feed the Anemone. Then also when adding rock or coral he will take a stab at it. All in all,a very dosile fish.

    Which reminds me,I went to buy some food yesterday and saw one. He couldn't have been bigger than 20mm! Look so cool :)
     
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    Sounds great, thanks guys...
    I have a nennie with a big maroon hosting in it, then 3 biggish tangs and 2 wrasse also over 10cm...as for corals all softie and lps, so sounds like i'll be adding my own "artist" soon:thumbup:
     
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    There are a lot better 'reef safe' triggers than piccassos and niger something like a blue throat trigger is amazing
     
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    And? Except Blue Throat Trigger?.. love triggers but have same question, reef, shrimps etc.
     
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    Crosshatch trigger is awesome a few triggers from the Xanthichthys species.
    No trigger is fully reef safe some are just better behaved then others
     
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    When reefkeeping, sometimes its easier to ask your spouse for forgiveness than for permission.

    very true, in my case
     
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    I have a blue throat in my system had him a while now no issues other then when i feed he bites my fingger as i like to submerge the flake so that it sinks, every time he bites me
     
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    @ziyaadb, why dont you try mixing the flakes in water in a jar and use a turkey baster or something to feed? Thats what I do, put some water in a jar and add the food to the water before feeding.
     
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    @2time too much effort rather get bitten :blush:
     
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    :lol: After the first few times it sticks to you, when ever my fish get fed, they get fed like that.
    I'd rather make myself do it then to get bitten every time.:blush:
     
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    Well, I've got 4 picasso's spread out through my systems. They range in size from this 2cm dude I caught in PE last month :
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    ..to these 2 monsters that I caught last year and who have subsequently paired up (10cm and 15cm,
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    ...to this monster who I caught in 2006 and is currently about 20cm....
    [​IMG]

    The pair are in with some sinularia, shrimps and hermits, rest are in mostly FO tanks. The pic below is a bit out of date now - more softies and no GHA. Also, they have dug a communal nest under one of the rocks - sharing it at night.
    [​IMG]

    I am a trigger nut and IMO and IME, the rhinocanthids (picassos and waist-coat triggers) are less likely to destroy reef systems than the rest of the nasty triggers. Obviously the more planktoniverous triggers (cross-hatch, blue-cheek, ...) are the best and avoid the balistoid triggers (red-fang, titan, fuscus....).
     
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    I only have personal experiance with a niger trigger, great personality......until one day after having him for 5 months, out of the blue he nipped at me and took out most of my hermits and snails within 3 days. And when ever my hand was in or near the tank he would gun for my fingers.
     
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