Fish Types

Fish Types

Spiny Box Puffer

Details

Scientific Name: Chilomycterus schoepfi
Family: Diodontidae
Color: black, tan, yellow

Fish Care

Fish Diet: Carnivore
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gal
Max Size: 10"
Relative Care: Moderate

Description


The Spiny Box Puffer is also known as the Web Burrfish. It has a tan to yellow body with dark spots, and short, fixed spines which help protect it from larger, more aggressive fish. Its teeth are actually a fused beak-like structure.

A 180 gallon or larger aquarium is suitable, provided it is a fish-only tank with plenty of room for swimming. It is known to nip at slow-moving fish and long-finned fish, but is not aggressive with others in its own family. It will eat invertebrates found in a reef tank.

The Spiny Box Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.

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