Queen TriggerfishFamily: BalistidaeBalistes vetulaPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
The Queen Triggerfish is a little rarer on the West Coast since fish from the Atlantic are not shipped as often. The Queen Trigger is a beautiful fish that can become hand tamed in time. Watch your fingers though, the front teeth are very sharp and can deliver a painful bite!
Fish in the Balistes genus have been known to be possible troublemakers.
Ways to keep a peaceful tank is to give the fish lots of room and hiding places. Then be sure to house appropriate fish together that have similar needs and can hold their own. In this case larger protein eaters such as groupers, surgeonfishes, and basses, Some eels and puffers can be appropriate too.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Maintenance: Feed all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. We generally feed squid, shrimp (the same kind people eat), mussels, and all kinds of chopped up fish.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Queen Triggerfish are found in the Eastern Atlantic: Ascension, Cape Verde, and Azores; ranges south to southern Angola. Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to southeastern Brazil.
Social Behaviors: In the wild, Queen Triggerfish are found over rocky or coral areas. They may form schools, or are solitary over sand and grassy areas. Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates. It preys on sea urchins by blowing water to overturn it and then attacks it where the spines are short. In the aquarium it can be kept with a variety of other fishes. It is not recommended to keep with fish that are much smaller.
Sex: Sexual differences: The male is larger and more colorful than the female. The tips of the dorsal and caudal fins become more filamentous as the fish ages. It is more pronounced in males than in females.