The triggerfish is poisonous


There are around 40 known species in the 11 genera of triggerfish.
The well-known name trigger fish comes from the fact that the trigger can close its first spine of the dorsal fin with the help of a locking mechanism that is formed by the second spike.
Trigger fish reach sizes of 20 - 70 cm in the sea, not all species are suitable for aquarium maintenance in the shared reef aquarium without reservation.

Most of the pushers crack hard-shelled animals, but some only live on plankton.
Pushers have a relatively small mouth, but an all the more powerful jaw.
As a rule, you should inform yourself well beforehand, as many pushers do not stop at sea urchins.
It goes without saying that small animals such as shrimps have no place in such tanks, simply because they could become a victim of the trigger.

This applies in particular to the species Balistapus, Ballistese and Rhinecanthus.
Melichthhys and Odonus species sometimes eat hard-shelled animals, but they cover most of their food needs from planktonic organisms.

One thing that should not be underestimated is the right food. Triggerfish have to be observed as closely as possible with regard to their nutritional status and above all offer them the accepted food.
They should be given as little food as possible (shrimp, mussels).
Triggerfish have a strong tendency to beg, which leads one to overfeed.
They are therefore by no means easy to care for fish.

Last but not least, it seems important to us to point out that glass heaters, thermometers and cables must be protected in such pools, as these animals can also bite into them.

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