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taba1986
04/26/2017, 08:10 PM
i'm getting back into the hobby. before i stopped 5 years ago i had success with a picasso and clown trigger with a lion fish all living together happily in a 65 gallon tank. now i want to get at a 200 gallon tank and add a dog face puffer. would it be hard for all of them to live in peace? thoughts about other fish always welcomed thank you

BigBlueTang
04/26/2017, 08:19 PM
i'm getting back into the hobby. before i stopped 5 years ago i had success with a picasso and clown trigger with a lion fish all living together happily in a 65 gallon tank. now i want to get at a 200 gallon tank and add a dog face puffer. would it be hard for all of them to live in peace? thoughts about other fish always welcomed thank you

I wouldn't recommend a show size clown trigger in anything less than a 500 with other fish. They don't grow that fast, and raising them from juveniles has been said to be a good bet, but they eventually snap and kill everything in the tank.

Picasso and Dogface should be fine together. I've heard stories about triggers plucking the spines off of lionfish and then eventually killing them, but YMMV.

An eel goes a long way in an aggressive tank :)

cougareyes
04/26/2017, 08:45 PM
BigBlueTang is right about the clown triggers, I'm raising my second juvi from an inch, they grow super slow and seem to be very well mannered and even living in smaller tanks when raised from juvis. I had to rehome one I had years ago in a 180 when he was 5-6", I got him at about 3.5".

I've had many triggers with lions with no problems, i also have friends in the maintenance profession and always house triggers with lions with no problems.

I've had tanks with just that nucleus of fish before: dogface, picasso, lion, and other triggers. Funny thing is my clown trigger only harassed the other triggers, and I had raised the picasso and niger from pups; had them over 10 years.

taba1986
04/26/2017, 09:11 PM
thanks for the info bigblue and cougar. i wish i still had my fish but unfortunately went away for the for a couple of weeks and my little cousin threw about a pound of frozen fish i had in the tank and killed everything