:: Balistes vetula ::

Balistes vetula, also known as the queen triggerfish, reef dwelling fish is one of the Atlantic. It is occasionally caught as a gamefish, and sometimes kept in marine aquariums. This fish is called cochino in Cuba, and this is the probable origin of the Bahía de Cochinos name, known as the Bay of Pigs in English.


The queen triggerfish comes from the reefs of the Caribbean Sea, and is a very striking fish a new dimension of color and shape will add to the great sea fish only aquarium. They are triangular shaped and are usually yellow and green, with an interesting pattern of lines circling their eyes. Their fins are blue to purple in color and the tail is forked.

It's a big fish that reaches 60cm in length. It is typically brown with blue lines on its head and fins. It may slightly change color in the area, or when exposed to stress.
The queen triggerfish is found on coral rubble, tops of reefs and grass, usually at a depth of 3-20 M. It preys on a variety of invertebrates, including sea urchins. It is fairly common in subtropical and tropical Atlantic Ocean, west of Trinidad to the north from Texas to the Bahamas.
As one of the largest and most aggressive of the triggerfish, this fish is rarely a good choice as a resident of a marine aquarium. It is a hardy fish for those who can offer a good environment. Because it grows so big and as fast as the perfect aquarium for this fish is a 500 gallon tank. Although some sources claim that it can only be kept in a tank 125 liters, when it reaches its adult size of two meters is unlikely to thrive.
Its diet consists of invertebrates. In aquariums shrimp, squid, mussels, squid, scallops, and crab are all good choices of food. The male is larger and more colorful than the female. The ends of the dorsal and tail fins filamentous as the fish ages. It is more pronounced in men than in women.

Scientific classification 

Kingdom: Animalia 
Tribe: Chordata Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Balistidae 
Genus: Balistes 
Type: B vetula
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