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Blue Jaw Triggerfish-Male 3.5-5 in. (Xanthichthys auromarginatus

Blue Jaw Triggerfish-Male 3.5-5 in. (Xanthichthys auromarginatus
Also called the Blue Throat Triggerfish, Blue Chin Trigger, or the Guilded Trigger Fish.

Provide hiding places large enough to accommodate the Blue Jaw Triggerfish. The Blue Jaw trigger is one of the few triggers that are considered safe for reef aquariums. While the Blue Jaw trigger may eat small motile invertebrates like snails and hermit crabs, the Blue Jaw trigger rarely bothers corals or other inverts that inhabit a reef tank. These fish have a tendency to be shy at first. Over time, the Blue Jaw tends to become a more boisterous presence in the tank with beautiful yellow outlines of it dorsal and anal fins as well as the namesake blue patch on both sides of the lower jaw.

The Blue Jaw triggerfish is closely related to other triggers commonly refered to as reef safe or partially reef safe including the Crosshatch triggerfish , from Hawaii.

The blue Jaw triggerfish can be housed with other triggers but it is advised to not house them with other triggers of the same family. They may be kept in pairs as females are readily available in the hobby.

Diet should consist of fresh or frozen seafood such as squid, shrimp, krill, chopped clams, small fish, and other meaty items.


Maximum Length: 12 in.
Care Level: Easy
Family: Balistidae
Reef Compatibility: Not reef safe.
Minimum Aquarium Size: 75 gal.
Range: Indo-Pacific: East Africa, Hawaiian Islands, New Caledonia.
Diet: Carnivore- Meaty fare
Water Conditions: 74-80 F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
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