White Tail Triggerfish (Quarantined)

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White Tail Trigger
Intermediate Aggressive

SMALL: 1-2"
MED: 2-4"
LARGE: 4"-6"

Indo Pacific 200g
1.020-1.025 72-78F

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Sufflamen albicaudatus

The White Tail Triggerfish, scientifically known as Xanthichthys ringens, is a captivating and distinctive fish species that belongs to the Balistidae family. This marine beauty is admired for its unique body shape, striking coloration, and the prominent white tail that gives it its common name, making it a highly sought-after addition to larger saltwater aquariums.

Originating from the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the White Tail Triggerfish showcases a remarkable combination of colors. Its body is robust and laterally compressed, with a large head, a blunt snout, and a prominent forehead.

This species can reach an average length of around 12-14 inches (30-35 cm) when fully grown. Its body is predominantly covered in a dark gray to black coloration, with a contrasting white patch on its tail. This prominent white tail, along with its unique body shape and facial markings, adds to the overall visual appeal of the White Tail Triggerfish.

One of the distinguishing features of the White Tail Triggerfish is its specialized teeth and strong jaws. It has a set of powerful teeth designed for crushing hard-shelled prey, such as crustaceans and mollusks. This adaptation allows the White Tail Triggerfish to feed on a diverse diet and adds to its intriguing behavior in an aquarium setting.

The White Tail Triggerfish is known for its bold and active nature. It actively explores its surroundings, using its pectoral fins to propel itself through the water column. It requires a spacious aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, rock formations, and open swimming areas to mimic its natural habitat and provide ample room for its active behavior.

When it comes to feeding, the White Tail Triggerfish is an omnivore, consuming a variety of foods in the wild. In a home aquarium, it should be provided with a varied diet consisting of high-quality marine-based foods, such as meaty preparations, crustaceans, mollusks, and even some plant matter. It is important to offer a balanced diet to ensure the fish's overall health and well-being.

Maintaining optimal water conditions is crucial for the well-being of the White Tail Triggerfish. It prefers a well-maintained aquarium with stable water parameters, including a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C) and a pH level of 8.1-8.4. Regular water changes and the use of a good filtration system are essential to maintain water quality.

While the White Tail Triggerfish is generally peaceful, it may exhibit territorial behavior towards smaller or similarly shaped fish species. It is recommended to provide ample swimming and territorial space, especially in larger aquariums. Careful consideration should be given when selecting tankmates to ensure compatibility.

Overall, the White Tail Triggerfish is a captivating and highly desirable addition to larger saltwater aquariums. Its unique body shape, striking coloration, and prominent white tail make it a standout species that adds beauty and intrigue to your underwater world. With proper care, a suitable environment, and a well-balanced diet, the White Tail Triggerfish can thrive and become a fascinating centerpiece in your aquatic display.

The diet of the White Tail Triggerfish should be a varied diet of High Quality Krill, Clams, Squid, Mysis, Brine and other vitamin enriched, meaty foods. 

Triggerfish, along with other fish, corals and invertebrates will also benefit greatly from Live Phytoplankton which is readily available to them in the wild.

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