Blue Throat Trigger

Blue Throat Trigger

The Blue Throat Trigger has a blue/grey body, and is coated in light-blue spots. Additionally, the triggers fins are highlighted in vibrant yellow. It is not uncommon to house a pair of Blue Throat Triggers, with the male being the smaller of the two. A quick way to determine the sex of the fish is to note that the male has darker blue cheeks.

This trigger requires a 400 litre or larger tank that includes a variety of live rock and caves. However, it should also be noted if this fish does not like the current rock work in your tank it will almost certainly rearrange the rock itself. Also caution needs to be taken when looking to add this fish to your aquarium, as it may eat any crustacean and potentially small fish. 

n the other hand, many aquarists have had great luck in housing this trigger without issue in a reef tank with invertebrates, crustaceans and small fish. Many hobbyists live by stating that these fish are actually peaceful and would do well in any environment, whilst others say differently. This fish really is a matter of trial and error as their temperaments seem to vary greatly. 

This fish most certainly needs to be offered a wide range of meaty foods. These can range from small fish, shrimp, squid, clams and hard shelled foods to grind down their ever growing teeth.

Minimum Tank Size400 Litres
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 9"
Colour Form: Black, Blue, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Balistidae
Origin: Hawaii, Indonesia

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I really like trigger fish, but I have corals in my big tank so I selected a Blue Chin. I have a beautiful 5″ male in my 210 reef. He gets along with my tangs, clown, damsel, inverts… everyone! He knows the feeding routine, smaller bits first, then he will show up for the bigger bits of food. He will even eat krill out of my fingers. I have heard that these triggers can be jumpers. Mine did jump from the tank. He was out of the water for about a minute! I put him back in, he hid for a few hours, and then was fine. He has not jumped since. I recommend putting egg crate on the the top of the tank just to be sure. Also, he has a nice cave staked out, be sure to have a place for him to hide in your tank.

  2. Great colorfull fish. One of the best triggers Ive ever owned. Very peacefull, even around small fish. Just enjoyed swimming back and forth in my tank. Kept to itself, never bothered any other fish. Only problem is when it locked itself in the rocks. Overall, amazing fish to have

  3. I just added a pair of blue [throats to my 1000 litre a few days ago. They are quickly two of my favorite fish in the tank. My achilles beat them up for the first day but after that so far everything is going well and they seem to be model citizens. They are housed with a large hippo tang, two yellow tangs, foxface, Orange shoulder, tenniti tang, achilles, purple tang, and a few small fish like bartlets and Hawiaan flame wrasse.

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