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Peter Cook - 2012-05-02
I had spotted box fish. He was going fine for about 2 weeks then I found him caught in the power head. Turned the pump off he was ok was eating a bit of damage on his back then he died 3 days later

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-02
    Sorry to hear that. The stress from an injury can cause death.
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Lisa - 2012-03-26
I have had a cowfish for one year now. He is in a 95 gallon tank. Started in a 29 g nano. He is now 9 inches long. He is the most important fish in my tank. He is housed with other fish, but I have not purchased anything I am afraid to lose due to the stories of them being toxic if stressed or dying. With that said, I love this fish. What is most important to them is food!! I feed 3 to 4 times a day. 4 brine am. Then pellets and flake and repeat with 3 brine and one mysis then flakes and pellets again. I stretch the feeding out so he has fun and I also turn of side blowers so he doesn't have to chase rhe food to much. He does get irritated at times and gets patches of black. Usually because I am visiting him without food!! He spits water. Splashes water and is truly entertaining. I highly recommend this fish if you don't work and be there for it and feed it ALOT!! It really can get large so I have heard and I hope I don't have to deal with that issue to soon. They are NOT just fish. They
are pets. They recognize you and expect alot of your attention. If you can't do that then pass. Otherwise you will lose it.

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tiff - 2011-06-02
I just had my dogface puffer for about a month, and she turns a darker color sometimes, and shes always resting on a rock or the gravel at the bottom of the tank. Is this normal? Can someone tell me what to they feed their dogface.............

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-02
    Yes, the dog face puffer will change colors. They don't usually do this in an aquarium enviornment but they can. They do it very naturally in their own natural habitat. So don't worry about that one. OK feeding........

    Puffers are primarily predatory fish though they do graze on algae as well. Acceptable foods include shellfish, crustaceans and hard shelled foods such as snails. A large variety of all kinds of live and frozen meaty foods are best. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day. Some of the suggested frozen foods include prawn, crabs/crabs legs, bloodworms (live or frozen), blackworms (live or frozen), silversides, and mussels. Be sure to wash these foods thoroughly before feeding. Live foods can include snails, crabs, crayfish, shrimp (these are good for keeping their teeth trimmed), and earthworms. Live fish will also be eaten but it is thought it may cause problems such as 'fatty" liver and so should be fed sparingly or not at all.. Puffers are not picky eaters and will quickly become adapted to a variety of prepared aquarium foods and an occasional algae wafer. Flake food is not recommended. Even though they may eat it, puffers will not thrive on it.

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Gigi - 2009-11-23
I dont have a cowfish. I want one though. Any advise? Do they need a salt water tank or a freshwater tank? I need 2 know so I can c if I can get one. PLZ RESOND!

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  • Scott - 2010-02-25
    Cow fish require a salt water marine tank! I'd suggest reading about salt water marine before making the commitment. Cheers
  • Jenna - 2010-08-31
    Hey Gigi, they are a lot of fun. They need saltwater and lots of it. When getting a tank you need to realize that rule of thumb is 1 fish per 10 gallons. So if you get 30 gallon you can put 3 fish in it. But also think about rocks they take up space too. So good luck hopefully you will enjoy your cow fish.
  • Anonymous - 2010-09-01
    Salt.
  • Krista - 2011-09-14
    The rule of thumb 1 fish per 10 gallons is _wrong_. The best way to plan a fish tank is to have about 5 gallons per every adult inch of fish. So because the cowfish can get up to 20 inches you'd want at least 100 gallons just for that one fish. If you add any more fish, any rocks, sand or plants that take up room you need _more_ gallons.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-11
    Cowfish, are Salt Water fish. Additionally, they require a very experienced fish keeper to keep them. You may find reading this article about Cowfish useful.
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kathy - 2012-01-29
Our new Black Spotted Puffer, Tbow's eyes turned cloudy and now green. Any idea what this could be?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-30
    Scroll to symptoms in the Animal World article Fish Diseases
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Chip Kramer - 2011-09-20
We have a dog face puffer, Smiley, he was being harassed by a wrass who we have removed from the tank. Since then he has been hiding in the corners and has stopped eating krill. It almost seems he forgot how to eat. He must be eating snails in the tank as he doesn't look like he is starving. Now he comes up to the front of the tank like he used to when feeding and i can put krill in his open mouth but he wont eat the krill. should we be looking for different food?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Some ideas on foods in the Animal World article on Dog Face Puffer. They like their meat so maybe just got tired of the same thing and wants a variety. Good suggestions and variety on feedong the puffer in the article though so please read. Thanks a bunch.
  • robert - 2012-01-26
    Hi I have a 7 inch stars and stripe puffer and eats anything but will not eat krill, but loves prawns and muscles and fresh squid. Even gets mouth fulls of coral sand like a gobby filtering it for food.
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Rachel - 2010-11-20
Mrs.O'leary, our dog faced puffer fish, is very very sweet, not to mention smart. She always recognizes when it's feeding time and she also lets us hand feed her. Sometimes she will even pull her lips back to show her teeth, almost like she is smiling at us :) I would recommend this fish to anyone who is looking for a lovable addition to their tank.

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  • aj difuntorum - 2011-10-17
    awwwwe lucky I want one!!! :) also how many gallons is your tank? I'm planning on getting a 50 gallon
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jessica - 2006-07-28
My husband just caught a baby one in Trout River here on the northside of Jacksonville, FL. He brought it home to me and I have it in a 35 gallon for now. Will have to look for a bigger tank as soon as possible. Doing great. This Spiny Boxfish was caught in a cast net in Brackish water.

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  • Mike - 2010-08-30
    While walking on a bay beach at night, I stepped on a dead one that had washed ashore in Harvey Cedars, NJ. I practically jumped out of my skin, it hurt so much - fortunately no serious injury. My family and I are longtime fisherman in the area and had never seen one before - but it was in perfect condition and was easily identifiable thru pictures on the internet. I buried it in our backyard.
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Kuba - 2011-05-31
If I buy cow fish as a baby can i keep him in 28 gal nano cube?
How long i can have him for ?
I heard they grow up slowly.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-31
    28 gallons is big enough as the cow fish will supposedly be 20 inches as an adult. Figure one inch of fish (as an adult) for each gallong of water. 20 inches so at least 20 gallons as you have to subtract for plants and flooring and decorations. Leave your question up and I would look into this a little more cuz some say problems with these nano cubes.
  • Krista - 2011-09-14
    No. 28 gallons is not big enough. The Longhorn Cowfish needs at least 100-150 gallons at full length. Even as a baby 28 gallons won't be big enough and he will probably die and poison everything else in your tank.
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christy - 2011-04-27
OK, I have had my dog face puffer for a month now and like the others it would do its tricks. It was eating normal and then about a week later it stoped eating and he changed a little darker color and didn't swim. He just sat at bottom of tank. Then after a couple of days he was fine. Now he has changed a darker color than before and his eyes look gray like a blind eye. I am very worried. Do you know what this is or what I can do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-28
    From what I have read, puffers do change color so that would appear to be normal. When you say his "eyes look grey" I don't know. However, click on Fish Diseases and Ttreatment and fany of the symptoms match what you see onn you Puffer. If so, the recommended treatment is listed.
  • Shamrock Cox - 2011-09-12
    Dog face puffers don't like change. They do change color depending on there mood. My one will pose for the camera but if you hold it over him he will turn dark grey almost black. Young dog face are very timid and will off-tern sit on the bottom normally in a corner or under a power head ,however if they are swimming with their tails bent this is a sign of stress. Hope this is of help
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