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The Indian Triggerfish, scientifically known as Melichthys indicus, is a fascinating and robust marine fish that adds a touch of personality to saltwater aquariums. Recognized for its distinctive appearance and active behavior, the Indian Triggerfish is a captivating species sought after by marine enthusiasts.



  • Average Size: 10-12 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 16 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 125 gallons or larger


Temperament: The Indian Triggerfish is known for its bold and sometimes aggressive behavior. It is advisable to keep them with larger, similarly aggressive tank mates. Adequate hiding spots and territorial boundaries can help mitigate potential conflicts.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by its robust build and unique coloration, the Indian Triggerfish is characterized by a black body with vibrant blue and yellow markings. It has powerful jaws and sharp teeth, which it uses to crush hard-shelled prey.


Origin: Native to the Indian Ocean, including the Red Sea, the Indian Triggerfish is commonly found in coral-rich environments, rocky areas, and reef slopes.


Other Names:

  • Indian Ocean Triggerfish
  • Indian Black Triggerfish


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The Indian Triggerfish is omnivorous and requires a varied diet. Offer a mix of high-quality marine pellets, frozen foods such as mysis shrimp and brine shrimp, and fresh seafood. Include items with hard shells to satisfy its natural instinct to crunch and grind.


Characteristics and Looks: The Indian Triggerfish displays a striking contrast of black, blue, and yellow coloration. It has a large, laterally compressed body and distinct dorsal and anal fins. The Indian Triggerfish is known for its ability to lock itself into crevices using its specialized dorsal spine, providing protection from predators.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • gH (General Hardness): 8-12 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 8-12 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 32-45 ppm
  • Temperature: 74-78°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Indian Trigger

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