Bluespotted triggerfish - Balistes punctatus
Species Name: Balistes punctatus
Synonyms: Balistes punctatus, Balsistes punctatus, Balistes forcipatus, Balistes liberiensis, Balistes guttatus, Balistes ciliaris, Balistes radiata, Balistes dichrostigma
Common Names: Bluespotted triggerfish
Family: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Order: Tetraodontiformes (Puffers and filefishes)
Class: Actinopterygii (Ray-finned Fishes)
Max.Size: 60.0 cm / 23.6 inches
Origin: Eastern Central Atlantic
Company: Balistes punctatus (Bluespotted triggerfish) will not do well in an aquarium filled with many other specimens from the same family. Avoid keeping eels and lionfishes in the same aquarium as Bluespotted triggerfish. If you wish to keep them in a reef aquarium or community aquarium, it must be very large to avoid aggressive behaviour.
Aquarium Setup: Balistes punctatus (Bluespotted triggerfish) are curious by nature and should be given an aquarium environment filled with things to investigate and explore. The water must be well circulated and well filtered. A large aquarium will lower the risk of aggressive behaviour. Do not keep Bluespotted triggerfish in an aquarium with a deep sand bed.
Food: Balistes punctatus (Bluespotted triggerfish) eats a varied diet in the wild, that includes crustaceans, bivalves, echinoderms, fishes, sponges, tunicates, mollusks hydrozoans and benthic organisms such as algae. They will gladly eat almost any food in an aquarium, and a good diet can include fish fillet, shrimp, clams etcetera.
Breeding: We have no information about Balistes punctatus (Bluespotted triggerfish) breeding in aquariums.
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