Like the Bursa Triggerfish, be sure you keep the Brown Triggerfish well fed. Also make sure it has plenty of space, and a cave or rock formation where it can retreat to.

We are not sure exactly what the scientific name for the Brown Triggerfish is. The texts previous to 1990 list this and the Bursa triggers in the genus Suflamens, while newer texts list the Bursa as Balistes. We are assuming that the Brown Triggerfish is also listed as Balistes now, since we can’t find it in any of the newer texts.

Fish in this genus have been known to be possible troublemakers. Ways to keep a peaceful tank is 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.

Maintenance difficulty

   The Brown Triggerfish is easy to keep. Triggers are among the hardiest of all marine fish.


   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.

brown Triggerfish
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Habitat: Natural geographic location

   Brown Triggerfish are found in the Indo-Pacific.


   All kinds of meaty foods including starfish and sea urchins.

Social Behaviors

   We are not sure about this fish since we have never kept this one.

Sexual differences


Recommended light levels

   No special requirements.


   No special requirements. Normal temperatures for marine fish is between 74 and 79 degrees fahrenheit.

Pink-tailed brown triggerfish
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Length/Diameter of fish

   Brown Triggerfish adults can grow to 25 cm (10 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size

   A minimum 60 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong

   No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom

   No special requirements.


   This fish is generally available from time to time.

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