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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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Adam Kovic - 2011-08-24
Hi, it seems every site I read about yellow box fish say they grow to 18 inches (45cms)? I've had mine for years and it is only 2.5 inches. After more research I have found they have a maximum size of 3 inches.


Dr. Jungle finds the facts!... "The Polka-dot Boxfish, also known as the Yellow Boxfish, Ostracion cubicus reaches a length of 45.0 cm (18 inches). This information can be found in the works of author Dr. Burgess's in his "Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes", authors Rudie H. Kuitter and Helmut Debelius in their "World Atlas of Marine Fishes", and in Wikipedia."

Maybe you have a different boxfish species in your aquarium? Otherwise the growth of your boxfish, if it is the Yellow Boxfish Ostracion cubicus, may have been stunted for some reason. But it is more likely that it is a different species.

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NYCMEDICCOH - 2010-12-09
Just bought my first cowfish today he's about 4 inches long and very different looking. My kids and I like him everything seems to me going alright for now my other fish aren't harassing him too much. He's in an aggressive tank and he came from an aggressive tank with a clown trigger. I've read the horror stories hope I'm not going to be the producer of one.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
    Article attached and sometimes agressive and sometimes not - keep an eye out. If it will fit in his mouth - he will probably eat it
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Matt - 2010-01-01
I've had my cow since he was the size of my finger nail - he's now over 6". These guys have a massive personality - they are prone to whitespot though - since he was little I've given him a lot of fresh water baths to get rid of it. I now simply put my hand in, he swims over to it, and I lift him out of the tank into the fresh water. He seems to know and like it! They spit to get attention, and go black in various places when annoyed. Pride of my tank and the best fish I've ever had - long live "yellow!!!"

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  • craig - 2010-09-24
    Best treatment for whitespot especially white spot is a product called Myaxin. It contains malachite green and formulin. Give a fresh water bath once a day for three days for 5 minutes and keep the fish in a medical tank for 1 month with a salinity of 15ppt. Do a daily 50% water change for the month. Once the one month treatment is up, feed crushed garlic regularly, it's great for your fishes immunity and keeping dreaded white spot at bay.
  • michele - 2010-10-06
    Matt, does he really swim to your hand? I was in an aquarium store last week and saw these guys for the first time. I am however a new aquarium person so I will wait a good, long time before I get one. They are amazing. The store had 2 that followed me everywhere I went. I never saw a fish so in tune with a person. I bought some books and will spend a lot of time researching. Most places tell you not to get one. That they are too fragile to keep in a home aquarium.....I sure don't want to get one and have it get sick or die. They are just so cute. I have never seen such a friendly fish...for me it was love at first sight!
  • Marjorie Biedron - 2011-01-11
    Is your cowfish still alive?
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GS - 2005-01-04
If anyone sees a cowfish at an Aquarium store and decide you have just got to have one. Be sure to ask if this fish is poisenous because I was not told that and I put him in a 120 gallon aquarium with a few other fish that were peaceful and not aggressive and then a few days later he started having trouble swimming, I reckon he got stressed and died and poisoned my whole tank and I lost about $500 worth of fish. If I was told that it would possibly release poison, I would have never bought it.

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  • Scott - 2010-08-26
    Did the toxin kill the fish right away when he died or did they die off slowly for the next few days 1 by 1?
  • Kaylee Cheddah Bendit - 2011-02-24
    I would suggest doing your own research. Long horned cow fish are from the puffer family. When puffer fish get scared they puff up and secrete a poison as a defense mechanism. (sorry if my spelling is not up to par). They are cool to look at but they are a fish that doesn't like to be stressed. So fish swimming around them can stress out. I would suggest a puffer. They are a lot easier to handle and don't need to be watched as much. Im so sorry you had these troubles and were not told the right information. Im not sure where you are located but you can look at www.wetspotaquatics.com we also have a facebook. www.facebook.com/wetspotaquaticsinc Family owned from a hobbiests point of view. Not someone who just wants your money. We also do shipping. I hope I helped a little bit!
  • Coral Carfora - 2011-03-14
    If you have actually read about the fish before you bought one, you would've known that when the fish dies it releases something that will kill all the other fish in the tank. I'm sorry for your losses, but before you go out and get another one, do your research.
  • Ka Ming - 2011-04-29
    Is it true? I love cowfish! Have you heard of a Frilled shark, Dwarf goby, Meagalodon (Shark as bigger as a whale shark!), Portugueusge(Jelly fish), small or medium or big mouth Bass, Crappie, Greenland Sleeper shark, Horn Shark and Goliath Grouper?
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LINDA HAYNES - 2011-02-15
Can I keep two clown fish with a carpet anemone, and a wolf eel? I also have a cow fish.
What can I get that will get along with all of these in the same tank? Is there something I should remove or add? Any suggestions please, thanks.

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Chris - 2011-01-24
Wonderful fish, mine, Rover, spits for food and will eat anything that I put in the tank, unfortunately my hand included which makes cleaning difficult.

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geoff - 2011-01-09
Need help my puffer got white spot badly treaded 3 times now still there open 2 advice please and only eat frozen prawns but is that ok?

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philip - 2003-07-31
im having trouble feeding mine. he just wont eat. what can i do? ive tried squid, shrimp, pawn, live feeders. he also only comes out at night, are they nocturnal? thanks.

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  • kirsty - 2010-11-24
    Yea they are nocturnal I read up on it.
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Courtney Kaplan - 2010-11-05
My dog faced puffer fish Puffy is a sweet fish if you put your hand in his tank he would let you touch him. PUFFY ROCKS!

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