Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)
The Clown Triggerfish, along with the "Nemo" Percula and the Yellow Tang, is probably among the most recognized of marine fish. With it's spotted belly, yellow lips and leopard skin print back, it looks like a 70's pimp swimming along in the sea. Like most triggerfish, it is futile to try to keep a Clown Trigger with crunchy critters (crustaceans). They know those creatures as lunch, and they ain't gonna change.
A Clown Trigger is one of the more aggressive triggerfish. They are solitary fish, and prefer to take bits of shrimp into the rocks prior to eating it. They grunt when excited, and have voracious appetites.
Today, I moved the Clown Triggerfish from isolation and into my large Aggressive tank. Clown Triggers are known for Jekyll and Hyde behavior. They may peacefully swim in an aquarium for months among other fish. Then in the middle of the night..........They snap. The aquarist awakes in the morning to find blood and scales in the water along with a smug triggerfish bearing a "Who me?" look on it's face. Thus, it is best to keep a Clown Triggerfish alone, or with fish that are not too expensive, in a large tank with plenty of hiding places. Mine will live with a variety of Damselfishes.