Black Finned Triggerfish (Melichthys niger)

Scientific Name: Melichthys niger
Care Level: Easy
Behavior: Aggressive
Reef Compatible: No
Max. Size: Up to 12"
Diet: Carnivore

Black Finned Triggerfish (Melichthys niger)


The Black-Finned Triggerfish, otherwise known as the Hawaiian Black Triggerfish, and the Indian Triggerfish, are brown/black bodied with black dorsal and anal fins lined at the base in white.


It is best to house the Black-Finned Triggerfish in a 125 gallon tank or larger with live rocks and caves for sleeping and hiding. Keep in mind fish do tend to rearrange the landscape and they do not do well in reef aquariums.



The diet of the Black-Finned Triggerfish include: krill, squid, small fish, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to soften their teeth.

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