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Max21
03/10/2017, 08:42 PM
Hello. I have a tank with a Picasso, clown and pink tail trigger who live peacefully with a pair of clown fish and a mandarin fish. Every so often I give the triggers a live fish which they eat within seconds. Any opinions on why they'll glady eat a feeder fish but seem to live so peacefully with the clowns and mandarin?

windlasher
03/10/2017, 11:38 PM
IMHO - If you teach a fish to eat other fish, eventually, when you are late with dinner, they will eat other fish. Think about it.

Michael Hoaster
03/11/2017, 12:45 PM
Fish have fascinating sociological interactions. To boil it way down, fish added before the triggers are neighbors, fish added after them are food. Lots of exceptions of course.

I've been playing around with salt water acclimated mollies, which are live bearers. These fish close a food chain gap by effectively turning algae into feeder fish.

scooter31707
03/13/2017, 01:33 PM
and what size tank do you have all that in????

Sounds Fishy
03/13/2017, 01:43 PM
My experience with triggers is that they, can't be trusted forever.You may in time see your fish disappear.If there is a lot of hiding spots the clowns may do okay,especially if they a large and on the aggressive side.

anthonys51
03/13/2017, 05:09 PM
Fish have fascinating sociological interactions. To boil it way down, fish added before the triggers are neighbors, fish added after them are food. Lots of exceptions of course.

I've been playing around with salt water acclimated mollies, which are live bearers. These fish close a food chain gap by effectively turning algae into feeder fish.
i acclimated 4 dalmatian mollies. it took me 10 mins. simple add double the water ever 5 mins and your good to go. all 4 survived, one even had babies 3 days later

humaguy
03/13/2017, 05:24 PM
you are training your triggers to eat your clowns. trigs and mandarins are not a good combo

scooter31707
03/14/2017, 09:13 AM
you are training your triggers to eat your clowns. trigs and mandarins are not a good combo

I guess some people have to learn the hard way!