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Huma Huma Trigger (Rhinecanthus aculeatus)

The Huma Huma Trigger or Rhinecanthus aculeatus is just one of many different species of Triggerfish on our planet. In Hawaii this fish is known as "humu-humu-nuku-nuku-a-puaa", where it is the official state fish. In other places in the world it is called the Picasso Triggerfish, Whitebanded Triggerfish or Painted Triggerfish. Like other species of Triggerfish, they have a very unique way of swimming, which makes them a favorite for advanced aquarium enthusiasts.  You can watch this fish swimming underwater in this video!

Huma Huma Triggerfish are saltwater fish that have an odd shaped body with striking blue and brown stripes through their eyes. Their strange appearance and unique coloration makes them a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts. Like other Triggerfish though, this fish can be aggressive and should be kept with fish of similar size and temperament. It has even been known to nip a careless finger or two, so be careful when cleaning your tank!Growing to about 30 cm (12 inches), the Huma Huma Trigger should be kept in an aquarium of at least 80 gallons. Temperatures should range from 76-84 in the aquarium with a PH of 8.0 - 8.4 and a specific gravity range of 1.020 - 1.024. They should be fed a variety of foods including shrimp, snails with shells to grind down their ever growing teeth, live foods and meaty frozen foods. This species of Trigger is not a good reef fish.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, i love this fish! Its so damn cute! I saw it when i snorkled in egypt :D

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