Care Level: Moderate
Main Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: No
Adult Size: 7-9"
Suggested Tank Size: 75+ gallons
The Blue Throat Triggerfish, also known as the Bluechin Triggerfish or Gilded Triggerfish, is a colorful and active fish that can make an interesting addition to a marine aquarium. While it is not as challenging to care for as some other species, it still requires specific conditions and attention to thrive.
As a carnivorous fish, the Blue Throat Triggerfish primarily feeds on a diet of meaty foods. It should be offered a varied diet consisting of high-quality pellets, frozen or live foods such as shrimp, squid, and clams. Providing a diverse and balanced diet is important for its overall health and longevity.
The Blue Throat Triggerfish is semi-aggressive and may act territorially towards tankmates, especially other fish of similar size or shape. It is best to house it with larger, more robust fish that can withstand any potential aggression. Care should also be taken when introducing new tankmates to ensure compatibility.
If you have a reef tank, it is recommended to avoid adding a Blue Throat Triggerfish. It has a natural tendency to nip at corals and may cause damage to them. However, it can be kept in a fish-only tank or a predator tank with other aggressive species that can hold their own against its behavior.
Due to its size and activity level, the Blue Throat Triggerfish requires a tank size of at least 75 gallons or more. This provides ample swimming space and allows for the creation of territories with rocks or other structures for it to hide or explore. The tank should also have strong filtration and regular water parameter monitoring to maintain good water quality.
In conclusion, the Blue Throat Triggerfish is a moderately challenging species to care for. With proper tank size, appropriate diet, and careful selection of tankmates, it can thrive in a well-maintained marine aquarium. While it is not reef safe and may exhibit semi-aggressive behavior, it can make an attractive and interesting addition to a fish-only or predator tank. Regular observation and attention to its behavioral cues are essential for its well-being.