Pink Tail Triggerfish (Melichthys vidua) Care
The Pink Tail Triggerfish, Melichthys vidua, is also known as the Pink-tailed Triggerfish. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a greenish-brown body with a pink tail. The dorsal and anal fins are white and trimmed in black and the pectoral fins are yellow.
Triggers are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp and pieces of high-quality seafood like squid, clams, shrimp, fish, and scallops. One of their favorite foods is live urchins.
Pinktail Triggers can reach up to 14″ and require an aquarium of at least 180 gallons with plenty of live rock with hiding places. They are aggressive and should not be kept with very peaceful, slow-moving fish. They are best kept in a fish-only aquarium.
They are considered reef safe “with caution” because although they will not both coral, they may eat some invertebrates and attack smaller fish.