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Old 11/24/2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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red tail triggerfish

I often see pix of them in peoples reef tanks, & I have always loved triggers. This one from what I've reed seems the most reef safe of the triggers. It sounds like the only real problem would be they may eat your shrimp. Any one out there have these guys in a reef tank, & have they bothered any thing?


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Old 11/24/2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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I've heard that they are pretty much reef safe however yes they will eat inverts. I don't have personal experiences with triggers but i do have experience with puffers, a close relative of them.


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Old 11/24/2009, 02:29 PM   #3
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thats interesting the most reefsafe trigger i heard of is the niger one... my niger ate my sandsifting star but never bothered anything else....


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Old 11/24/2009, 04:47 PM   #4
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I have one that has been in my tank for close to a year. Model citizen, to the best of my knowledge he hasnít touched a coral, snail, crab or shrimp.


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Old 11/24/2009, 04:57 PM   #5
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I really love those guys, but I love all my shrimp too, big part of CUC too.

Keep info coming pls I'm trying to work up the courage.


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Old 11/24/2009, 05:05 PM   #6
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Sargassum Triggers are Pelagic, I.E. they live in the water column not around and on the reef, I suspect this has a lot to do with their reef-safeness. They live around floating piles of Sargassum. I have had mine for almost 2 years, wonderful and entertaining fish. I think you could get them to coexist with certain crustaceans, though any opportunistic Trigger will take advantage of any easy dinner if he's hungry...They are still Triggers. I only have soft corals, but he has never even looked at one.

Mine swims against the powerhead stream for hours on end, and spits water at me as fast as he can get it in his mouth any time I open the top of the tank...I don't know that I've had a more quirky fish.


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Old 11/24/2009, 05:41 PM   #7
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He needs a good home

http://www.liveaquaria.com/diversden...3+3&ddid=76197


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Old 11/24/2009, 05:44 PM   #8
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Assuming you're talking about X. ringens, which is more commonly called the sargassum triggerfish, then you will usually be OK.
Of course, you could be talking about one of the other redtailed triggers, so I'm not sure.


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Old 11/24/2009, 05:47 PM   #9
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I saw that last night. That's what prompted me to start this thread.

They are torturing me!


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Old 11/24/2009, 05:56 PM   #10
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Assuming you're talking about X. ringens, which is more commonly called the sargassum triggerfish, then you will usually be OK.
Of course, you could be talking about one of the other redtailed triggers, so I'm not sure.
sorry got out of order

Yes that's the one, don't know what other one there is unless maybe it would be a pink tail


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Old 11/24/2009, 06:17 PM   #11
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sorry got out of order

Yes that's the one, don't know what other one there is unless maybe it would be a pink tail
I've seen pinktails with darker tails labeled that way. I've seen crosshatch color variations labeled as "redtail", and I've seen one of the Rhinecanthus triggers (don't remember the species off the top of my head) also called "redtail".


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Old 11/25/2009, 08:09 AM   #12
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This is gotta be the 10th thread in 2 weeks on reef safe triggers. Aside, I had a sargassum + 2 blue throats & 2 nigers @ one point. None of mine bothered inverts that I witnessed. The largest trigger was a Niger and he did bully the other triggers.


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