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Old 11-05-2003, 02:12 PM   #11
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I have never kept any box fish before but I have considered it. It all depends which box fish you do get such as the: Blue Spotted Boxfish, Pyramid Boxfish or Whitley's Box fish... they only grow to about 4 inches.... Cow fish on the other hand can grow till 19....

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Old 11-05-2003, 03:34 PM   #12
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Alright let me brake it down.. I had a box/cow fish for 2 years. I kept him in a 37 gal tank with only a Little bit of live rock. Now it is true that they will eat Emerald crabs but I NEVER lost a Hermit crab (that I saw) to my Cow fish but my jaw fish is a different story.....but back to the subject at hand. Snails never lost one to him. His territory was the entire top half of the tank. Even when the snails would go up there he just hovered around and chilled out . My levels never spiked until the end when he Died. He used to watch me from the tank and would kiss me..I guess he thought I was food and tryed to eat me through the tank. ALL In ALL HE WAS THE BEST fish that I have had. RIP Marvin

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Old 11-05-2003, 05:34 PM   #13
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LOL... exactly ddcboys, mine did the same thing. The best part was hand feeding them, although they do have teeth and the little buggers get overly excited during feeding, so expect a few nips. They also spit water when hungry. I just thought he was mad about something...LOL.

As a side, although I had a cowfish helmet *points to avatar*, Foster & Smith suggest that this variety, which are quite beautiful, are appropriate for a minimum tank size of 50 gallons.

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Old 11-05-2003, 05:46 PM   #14
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OK, jawfish question...

Ok, I am sorry, I have a question for ddcboys. Advisors, if I need to start a new thread, let me know.

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Now it is true that they will eat Emerald crabs but I NEVER lost a Hermit crab (that I saw) to my Cow fish but my jaw fish is a different story.....
I am geting a jawfish in a week or so (he comes in thursday, but I am waiting a week or two to take hime home) and was also pondering an emerald crab. They will eventually both go in a bigger tank (qt is 12 gallon) Is that a bad idea? Do jawfish eat emerald crabs? I have never read anything that says they do. But from your experience it sounds like they do. I'll be honest, I only have a 12 gallon now (yes, 1st week of Dec I'm starting at least a 40 gallon tank) and the prospect of snails does not excite me. I would certainly take crabs or shrimp though, are those ok with a jawfish? Any help or advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. I have definately done my homework, but would always love more advice/stories based on experience.
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Old 11-05-2003, 10:52 PM   #15
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It will greatly depend on the size of the crab and jawfish but in all likelyhood, the crab would be more of a threat to the fish, if at all. Jawfish are more of a danger to decorative shrimp than to a crab.

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One morning when I woke up I saw my jaw fish with a crab leg in its mouth like a tooth pick. He was just laying at the fot f his cave looking like "what"?? I started reading as much as I could and found out it is quite the typical behavior.
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