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aptasinskas
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PostPosted: 2004.08.25(Wed)17:18    Post subject: Cowfish Reply with quote

I was at my LFS today, and saw one of the coolest fish I have probably ever seen...a cowfish. Does anybody know what they can be housed with...I'm thinking of a 55g tank, maybe a bit smaller.
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aptasinskas
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PostPosted: 2004.08.25(Wed)17:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm...just read that they can release ostracitoxin...maybe they can't be housed with anything else. They were at my LFS with some other fish...some gammas I think
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PostPosted: 2004.08.27(Fri)6:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I would house it with any fish you don't care about losing!
Unfortunately, the beautiful Cowfishes can indeed poison your system.
Kinda like having a time-bomb in your tank.
I have net-caught the tiny juveniles (Boston Beans) in the Florida Keys, they are fascinating... but always returned them to the ocean.
Many aquarists have learned the hard way to avoid this species.

Of equal concern, Fenner writes:
"Regarding the keeping of ostraciids; they have not had a good record of success with marine aquarists, mainly related to diet or the lack of it. These fishes need food, green AND meaty on a regular basis; most are lost to outright starvation. Especially on first arrival, or when you acquire them, it is critical that the specimen begin feeding."
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