Red Toothed Triggerfish

(Odonus niger)

Odonus Triggerfish should be added to well established aquariums with plenty of room to swim. Plenty of rock work with caves and crevices should be provided for hiding. Triggerfish are known to turnover rocks, rubble, benthic invertebrates and corals provide a sand bed with rubble and seashells to turnover while hunting for prey. Triggerfish are carnivores feeding on small fish, starfish, crabs, shrimp, snails and urchins. They are capable of breaking off the spines of urchins and blowing water to turnover urchins and attacking the underside. A diet of meaty based foods should be provided. May loose coloration if not adequately fed. Odonus Triggerfish can be kept with larger fish that are not easily harrassed..

Red Toothed Triggerfish are also sometimes known as the Niger Triggerfish. Not frequently seen in the aquarium trade. Red Toothed Triggerfish are quite lovely fish and and vary in color ranging from a blue green color to a purple blue color and the heads tend to be slightly lighter in color than their body. Red Toothed Triggerfish can grow to slightly over 20".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 180 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareEasyEasy
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive BehaviorSocialSocial
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