Redtoothed Triggerfish (Odonus niger)
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757 Litres (200 US G.)
30.5-50.8cm (12-20 ")
8.1 - 8.4
22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)
- Redtoothed Triggerfish, Niger Triggerfish, Blue Triggerfish
Additional scientific names
- Xenodon niger, Balistes erythrodon, Odonus erythrodon
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- It is difficult to visually sex this fish and they are not known to breed in captivity.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- A highly territorial fish, best kept alone or with other similar sized semi-aggressive fish. Will eat smaller fish and invertebrates, must be in a fish-only set up.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Should be fed a meaty diet consisting of krill, shrimp, clams, squid and should include hard-shelled shrimp to wear down their teeth.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed two to three times a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Requires a mature laterally spacious tank with plenty of hiding places in live rock. All décor should be secure as this fish is known for rearranging its environment.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- A highly aggressive and territorial fish, in captivity this fish will terrorize tank mates. In the wild they form large schools to feed on zooplankton and sponges. It vocalizes using a "grunting" sound.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- A typical Triggerfish in shape, with an oval body and eyes set far back from the snout. The body is generally indigo-blue, sometimes closer to purple, in colour and the caudal fin is sharply forked. Mature fish have bright red teeth, giving them their common name.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )