Triggerfish Picasso MED

Triggerfish Picasso MED

Triggerfish Blackbelly Medium

Triggerfish Blackbelly MED

Triggerfish Picasso MED

Rhinecanthus Aculeatus

The Picasso Triggerfish has a mainly white body with various splotches of colour giving it a painted appearance from which it gets its artist's name. Their markings range in colours including neon blue, yellowish-orange and shades of black. They can grow up to 30 cm making them a very impressive addition to any suitable tank.

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Picasso Triggerfish

 

The Picasso Triggerfish has a mainly white body with various splotches of colour giving it a painted appearance from which it gets its artist's name. Their markings range in colours including neon blue, yellowish-orange and shades of black. They can grow up to 30 cm making them a very impressive addition to any suitable tank.

There are no notable differences between the sexes and so far breeding has been unsuccessful in captivity.

These fish have a lot of character and have been known to eat out of their owner's hand when still juveniles. Be careful though as they have plenty of sharp teeth and can leave a nasty bite. When startled Picasso Triggerfish will make a strange machine-like whirring sound which can sometimes warn you before they will snap.

This species is originally found all over the Indo-Pacific region from South Africa and the Red Sea over to Japan and even as far across as the Hawaiian Islands. They love protected lagoons and reef flats and normally swim around openly.

Tank Recommendations for Picasso Triggerfish

The smallest tank size required for this species is 290 litres as they can grow quite large. Give them plenty of live rock to provide hiding spaces but be aware that they love to move things around so expensive coral structures are a no-go. No special lighting or water movement requirements are needed. Also, note that these fish seem to show less aggression when provided with a tank that is larger than the smallest recommended.

Suitable Tank Buddies

Although the Picasso Triggerfish is one of the more easy-going triggers they can still cause havoc around smaller tank buddies and invertebrates/crustaceans. Keep them with more aggressive larger fish.

Usually Compatible

Triggerfish can be highly temperamental creatures and may get territorial with almost any other species. For this reason, we don't recommend any 'best fit' species that they can be combined with as the size of your tank will dramatically affect your triggerfish's behaviour.

Sometime Compatible

Some species that could combine well if chosen carefully include Angelfish, Blennies and Boxfish. Clownfish, Butterflyfish and Damselfish should be picked with caution as well. Other possible tank buddies can include Goatfish, Gobies and Hawkfish. Lionfish, Parrotfish and Pufferfish should have a close eye kept on them too. Be careful when attempting to combine them with Tangs, Wrasses and other Triggerfish as well.

Rarely Compatible

Avoid Frogfish, Batfish and Cardinalfish at all costs. Crustaceans and invertebrates will more than likely get eaten. Filefish, Dragonets and Rays shouldn't even be considered either. Sharks will likely see your Triggerfish as prey too. Delicate species such as Pipefish and Seahorses should also not be added to a tank containing this species of Triggerfish.

Feeding your Picasso Triggerfish

This species is primarily carnivorous in the wild but will do well on an omnivorous diet in captivity as long as enough meat is provided. Provide them with fresh meaty foods such as squid, shrimp and cut up fish. They can be trained onto frozen foods with ease as long as it is highly varied. Supplement their diet with marine algae if there aren't enough algae to graze available on the live rock in your tank.

More Information
Scientific Name Rhinecanthus Aculeatus
Care Level Moderate
Common Names The Picasso Triggerfish is also known as the Whitebanded Triggerfish, the Huma Huma and the Painted Triggerfish.
Diet Omnivore
Fish Family Balistidae
Lifespan (years) 8
Max. Length (cm) 26
Min. Tank Volume (l) 290
Origin Indo-Pacific
Reef Safe No
Sociability Peaceful
Venomous No
Water Conditions 24 - 28° C (76-82° F), dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.021-1.025
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