Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum), also known as the big spotted triggerfish. The triggerfish has large white spots on its black belly and small black spots on its yellow back. It has a thick, white band under the eye and bright, yellow-orange lips. Clown Triggerfish makes it a very popular choice for hobbyists that have aggressive aquariums.
Scientific Name: Balistoides conspicillum
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons for only 1 Clown triggerfish in the tank
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Very aggressive
Temperature: 72-78° F
Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 20 inches
Diet: Carnivore, the varied diet like squid, krill, clams, small fish and hard shelled shrimp
Origin: Australia, Indonesia, Sumatra
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe: No
Because of its attractive coloration and dramatic coloration, Clown triggerfish is one of the most highly prized aquarium fish. Like many other triggerfish, it can require a large aquarium and be aggressive towards other fish. The young triggerfish can be housed in an aquarium as small as 10 gallons. But it will outgrow an aquarium of this size quickly. If kept on its own, an adult clown triggerfish can live its entire life in an aquarium as small as 75 gallons, but if you want to house it with other fish, an aquarium of at least 180 gallons is best. Clown triggerfish should not be kept with small fishes and also prey on invertebrates in the aquarium they should be taken in selecting its tank mates, choosing other aggressive, large fish. Clown triggerfish can become tame enough to be hand-fed; however, one should beware of the fish’s sharp teeth.