Pinktail Trigger – Melichthys vidua
Care Level: Beginner
Reef Safe: With caution
Minimum Tank Size: 200 gallons
A truly magnificent fish, the Pinktail Trigger sports an emerald green body with touches of yellow as well as a vivid pink tail. This active and large triggerfish needs a tank of at least 200 gallons as a fully grown adult. Like all triggers it may rearrange rocks and or dig a cave to sleep in. Any loose fitting coral frags or rock will eventually come crashing down. Although they will not bother corals as they get larger they may eat smaller crustaceans as well as small fish. Other larger semi-aggressive tank mates are more appropriate for a Pinktail Trigger. While it is possible to keep more than one in a large setup it’s best to add one male and one or two females at the same time.
In comparison to other triggers, the Pinktail Trigger is moderately aggressive. It will generally leave other large sized fish alone with the exception of other triggerfish. This species of trigger is a voracious eater and will need to be fed several times a day. Fortified brine shrimp, mussels, Mysis Shrimp are all readily eaten with gluttonous intent. Clam on the half shell will need to be given often in order to grind down their constantly growing teeth. Occasionally they may eat algae and or anything else that’s edible for that matter.
Overall, the stunning Pinktail Trigger is easy to care for and is sure to become a centerpiece in any large reef or FOWLR setup. If you are looking for a smaller trigger that isn’t overly temperamental and only requires a 80-120 gallon tank, the Blue Jaw Trigger is most likely a better fit.