Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: No
General Description: The Humu Humu Triggerfish, also known as the Picasso Triggerfish, has a wide distribution from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean. Iconic for it’s “painted” appearance, the Humu Humu trigger has an overall tan body with several markings, but most notable are the vibrant set of blue stripes on its forehead. Somewhat aggressive in nature, the Humu Humu trigger makes an excellent addition to a larger fish-only with live rock aquarium. Triggerfish, in general, are known to be somewhat vocal and the Humu Humu trigger is no exception, occasionally heard making a grunt sound. An adult Humu Humu trigger can reach a size of approximately 10″.
Diet Requirements: Humu Humu triggers are carnivores. A diet consisting of various proteins and frozen preparations such as brine shrimp, squid, mysis shrimp, krill, chopped fish, and clams will maintain optimal health and coloration. Occasionally give foods with hard shells to wear down their ever growing teeth.
Care Requirements: A minimum 125 gallon aquarium that is at least 18″ wide is ideal. Smaller specimens can be temporarily raised in smaller quarters (no less than 75 gallons) as long as it is upgraded accordingly. The Humu Humu trigger appreciates some live rock in the aquarium, especially caves and crevices to swim around and take refuge in; it is not uncommon for triggerfish to wedge themselves into a tight space if felt threatened. Humu Humu triggers are best kept as one individual per aquarium; compatability with other trigger species is variable. Humu Humu triggers will consume invertebrates and nip at corals, which is why they are not recommended for reef aquariums. Many timid and peaceful fish species should be avoided as tank mates with a Humu Humu trigger. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 2-3/4″ or less; Medium: 3″ to 4-1/4″; Large: 4-1/2″ to 5-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.