Fish Guide

Goldenback Trigger   (Xanthichthys caeruleolineatus)
Family: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 49 to 656 ft.   Size: 13.5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 150+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Zooplankton, copepods, benthic invertebrates
Natural History: The Goldenback Trigger is found on deep seaward reefs. This trigger is sexually dimorphic; males are distinct from females. This species is considered by some to be the "holy grail" of trigger fish and command a high price in the aquarium trade.
Husbandry: Goldenback triggers are extremely rare in the aquarium trade because the inhabit very deep reefs. Specimens that are captured are generally quite large, but are reported to make incredible large-aquarium display fish. Large aquaria with large swimming spaces are required. It may be aggressive with other triggers. Water quality should be excellent and lighting should be somewhat subdued to mimic its natural deep-reef conditions.

AKA: Gold Back Trigger, Blue Line Trigger

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