Pinktail Triggerfish

Species information for the Pinktail Triggerfish, in the Triggers category.

  1. FAMILY - Balistidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Melichthys vidua

    COMMON NAME – Pinktail triggerfish

    SIZE – 20 in (51 cm)

    RANGE - Hawaii, Indonesia

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 180 gal (681 L)

    CARE LEVEL - Easy

    TEMPERAMENT – Semi-aggressive

    FOODS AND FEEDING - The Pinktail triggerfish is a carnivore and should be fed a wide variety of high quality meaty marine foods. Vegetables should also be offered. Occasionally snails or hermit crabs should be offered to keep the beak of the trigger worn down.


    REEF COMPATIBILITY – With caution, may eat smaller invertebrates and fish.

    CAPTIVE CARE - They are semi-aggressive so they should not be kept with more docile, delicate fish. Larger tanks will keep aggression to a minimum. They are some of the more docile triggers. May go after any hands placed in the tank so caution should be used around this fish.

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    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 9, 2014
    jhnrb, Aug 7, 2009