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Scientific Name:Tetrosomus gibbosus

Common Names:Camel Cowfish, Humpback Turretfish

Inhabits deep coastal slopes and sheltered muddy substrates, usually in deep water offshore, but occasionally shallow near seagrass beds with silty rubble substrates. Usually occurs in sandy bottoms in coastal waters. Solitary. Feeds on benthic invertebrates. Generally considered as trash fish; not consumed.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea
Max Size: 12 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet:

The diet for the Camel Cowfish should include large chunks of meaty foods. This diet should consist of krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel.

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Scientific Name:Ostracion rhinorhynchos

Common Names:Horn Nosed Cowfish, Largenose Boxfish, Rhino Boxfish

Inhabits rubble substrates in channels between sheltered inner reefs or in deep sandy lagoons around coral patches. Solitary or in pairs. Generally uncommon species that inhabits coral reefs and flat bottoms in coastal areas. Feeds on benthic invertebrates.

Origin: Australia, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 13 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Carnivore

The Horn Nosed Boxfish quickly take pellet foods and enjoy all kinds of meaty foods. This food should include shrimp, worms, clams, various mussels, snails and tunicates. In juvenile, it is a reef safe fish and it may eat ornamental shrimp or crabs.

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Scientific Name:Lactoria cornuta

Common Names:Longhorn Cowfish,

Inhabit inshore on coastal muddy or sandy habitats in still bays, and commonly found in harbours and estuaries. Small juveniles on protected shallow mudflats. Found in weedy areas near rocks or reefs. Juveniles often near river mouths and in brackish water. Adults are solitary, juveniles often form small groups. Large adults are shy. Feed on benthic invertebrates by blowing away the sand. Readily dried and used to make ornaments.

Origin: Africa, Indo-Pacific, Red Sea
Max Size: 18 "
Recommended Tank: 180 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Longhorn Cowfish is an omnivorous fish and its diet consisting of large chunks of meaty foods 2-3 times daily. This diet should include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. Also prefers a diet that may include meaty and vegetable foods. Since a slow eaters shouldn’t be housed with aggressive eaters. It is not a picky eater and in the aquarium will readily accept frozen or freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, marine algae, Spirulina and other prepared foods.

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Scientific Name:Acanthostracion quadricornis

Common Names:Scrawled,

Found in shallow water down to about 80 m, mainly in seagrass beds. Feeds on sessile invertebrates such as tunicates, gorgonians and anemones, as well as on slow-moving crustaceans, sponges, hermit crabs and marine plants. Oviparous. Considered an excellent food fish; marketed fresh.

Origin: Atlantic
Max Size: 22 "
Recommended Tank: 180 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Scrawled Boxfish is an omnivorous fish and its diet consisting of large chunks of meaty foods 2-3 times daily. This diet should include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. Also prefers a diet that may include meaty and vegetable foods. Since a slow eaters shouldn’t be housed with aggressive eaters. It is not a picky eater and in the aquarium will readily accept frozen or freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, marine algae, Spirulina and other prepared foods.

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Scientific Name:Ostracion solorensis

Common Names:Scribbled Boxfish, Reticulate Boxfish

Inhabits clear coastal reefs in rich invertebrate habitat on shallow crests or upper zone of slopes to about 15 meters depth. Solitary or in pairs. Relatively uncommon inhabitant of coral rich areas of seaward reefs. Sexually dimorphic.

Origin: Australia
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level:
Temperament:
Reef Safe:
Diet:

The diet for the Scribbled Boxfish should include large chunks of meaty foods. This diet should consist of krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel.

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Scientific Name:Aracana aurita

Common Names:Shaw's Boxfish, Striped Cowfish

Occurs on the continental shelf. Known in rocky reefs, usually fairly deep, including estuaries.

Origin: Australia, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 8 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Shaw's Boxfish should include large chunks of meaty foods. This diet should consist of krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel.

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Scientific Name:Lactoria fornasini

Common Names:Thornback Cowfish, Bluelined Boxfish, Camel Cowfish, Thornback Boxfish

Inhabit clear outer lagoon and seaward reefs. Benthopelagic over rubble and sand at 5-132 m. Solitary. Males are highly territorial. Poisonous in some parts of the tropics.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, South Africa
Max Size: 9 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for theThornback Boxfish should include large chunks of meaty foods. This diet should consist of krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel.

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Scientific Name:Ostracion meleagris

Common Names:Whitespotted Boxfish, Black Boxfish, Blue Boxfish, Spotted Boxfish

Inhabits clear lagoon and seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to at least 30 meters. Juveniles among rocky boulders, often with long spined urchins, and adults on reef crests and slopes. Males swim about more openly than females that are often in close vicinity to the males. Solitary. Feeds on didemnid tunicates, polychaetes, sponges, mollusks, copepods, and algae.

Origin: Central Pacific, Hawaii
Max Size: 10 "
Recommended Tank: 100 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Whitespotted Boxfish should include large chunks of meaty foods. This diet should consist of krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel.

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Scientific Name:Ostracion cubicus

Common Names:Yellow Boxfish, Cube Boxfish, Cubicus Boxfish, Polka Dot Boxfish, White Cubicus, Yellow Cubicus

Inhabit lagoon and semi-sheltered seaward reefs. Juveniles often among Acropora corals. Benthopelagic. Solitary. Juveniles expatriating to subtropical zone from the pelagic larval stage. Small juveniles secretive in narrow crevices. Feed primarily on algae with a compliment of microorganisms, invertebrates, mollusks, sponges, sand dwelling polychaetes, crustaceans, foraminiferans, and fishes.

Origin: Africa, Indo-Pacific, Red Sea
Max Size: 18 "
Recommended Tank: 120 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet of the Yellow Boxfish hould includes large chunks of meaty foods. This diet must consist of krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. Provide live brine shrimp or bloodworms after introducing first. Also happily consume chopped squid, clams, mussels, and herbivore preparations.

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