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The Bursa Triggerfish (Sufflamen bursa, also known as Rhinecanthus verrucosus) is a species of triggerfish found in tropical and subtropical waters. It is instantly recognizable by its unique facial features, including a half white and half yellow face, a pencil-thin moustache, and a colorful mask across the eyes. Additionally, it has a large black circular area on its abdomen – a feature that contributes to its scientific name, Rhinecanthus verrucosus (meaning “wrinkly with a spot”). This species is a popular choice among aquarists and is relatively easy to care for. With proper nutrition and tank maintenance, they can be a wonderful addition to any home aquarium.
This fish species is very active and should have plenty of space to move about in its habitat. To provide a suitable living environment for it, it needs a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of rocks and caves for it to rearrange as it pleases. It is also important to note that the fish species will vocalize with a distinct “grunting” sound. Therefore, it is essential to have enough space and adequate hiding places to accommodate its behavior. Furthermore, providing plenty of enrichment items such as floating plants and driftwood will help to keep it stimulated and engaged. Finally, regular water changes should be done to maintain the tank’s cleanliness and prevent any potential health issues.
Bursas are aggressive fish that need a varied diet to keep them healthy. They enjoy squid, krill, clams, small fish, and hard shelled shrimp.