Trumpet Fish (Aulostomus chinensis)
Family: Aulostomidae (Trumpetfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 16 to 397 ft. Size: 30 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 200+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small fish, crustaceans
Natural History: The Trumpet Fish is normally found on rocky and coral reefs, hiding among large long branches of coral or stone. Juveniles are associated with shallower seagrass beds. It is an ambush predator and will lunge out to grab prey that venture within its range. This species has been observed to ride other fish in order to get within range of its prey.
Husbandry: The Trumpet Fish is considered a hardy aquarium species. It will eat many different types of smaller fish or crustaceans so it must be housed in an aquarium with other larger but peaceful fish. Adult male Trumpet Fish must be housed singly. Trumpet Fish will likely be shy during acclimation but will generally learn to recognize their caregiver and beg for food. They have been reported to eat from their owner's fingers. They must be housed in a covered aquarium with no escape holes in filters or strainers. They have been known to be injured by getting through small spaces into filters and jumping from aquaria.
AKA: Pacific Trumpetfish
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