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1cutsalot 11-10-2007 01:58 AM

Saltwater Trumpet fish
We just acquired a 2ft Trumpet fish.He/she is allready weaned off live food.Just looking 4 more in depth info. on them.Housemates,type of housing(rock or plant),feeding habits and lifespan,etc.?

bettababy 11-26-2007 01:11 PM

Hi, I'll help however I can. I'm curious, how big of a tank is your trumpet fish in at present? Trumpets top out at just over 30 inches and will eat any other fish they are able to. The trick for finding something compatible will be to find something large enough to not be food and peaceful enough to not bother the trumpetfish... some of your angelfish might be possibilties, also some of the larger tangs (like the unicorn tang). Please be sure there is plenty of space for all fish and that filtration is good. I didn't see a whole lot of info posted on them online, and some of what I saw was inaccurate.
I don't know what the life span is on them, but I do know it is potentially very long (20 - 30+ yrs) if they are housed properly, which can be hard to do because of their size.
The trumpet fish is a predator, and it stalks it's prey. Trumpets tend to swim in "open spaces" around reefs, stalking other fish for food and patroling the reef. They are also found in deeper waters of the reefs, if that helps. Do some studying about reefs and their makeup at depths of 15 - 30 ft and you'll find the natrual habitat of the trumpet fish.
Here is a bit of reading and referral to other reference materials that can help get you started:
Hope this helps. Can you post a pic for us to see?

1cutsalot 12-03-2007 10:54 PM

Trumpet Fish
Thanx For your reply,Dawn! I think weve found the same info.Didn't know about their life span.He/she is in a 300+ tank.Not alot of live rock(swimming room)Added some tall fake plants.Now it hangs out Head down.It waits in that position for smaller prey too swim/scuttle by in the wild. Have it weaned off live food.Now it eats enriched silversides/whole shrimp.I'ts as close too its natural prey as possible.He's housed with angel,tang,wrasse. Seem too all do fine.No fin nipping.He is defintely my gentle giant!

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