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Old 09-24-2003, 12:57 AM   #1
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box fish /cow fish

ok what is the deal with this fish my lfs said i can have one but i read on the net Dr foster and smith that u need a 150g tank and live rock i have neither and the are difficult to keep someone let me know please they are real cool fish
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Old 09-24-2003, 01:31 AM   #2
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They will eat almost all inverts depending on what you get....What size tank you have? If you dont have a tank larger than 100gal i wouldnt recommend a box or cow fish. They get very large and do constantly eat. They will eat just about anything as for inverts: snails crabs emeralds etc....HTH
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Old 09-24-2003, 02:08 AM   #3
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ok thanks forget about him for me then
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Old 09-24-2003, 08:34 PM   #4
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i have one that is just a baby.he is only about 2.5 in and we keep him in a 29 gal for now. we have hadf him for 1 year . cowfish grow really slow if you moniter their feeding.
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Old 09-24-2003, 09:27 PM   #5
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what else do you have in there with him if anything thanks
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Old 09-24-2003, 10:15 PM   #6
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Limiting the amounts of food fed to a tank for the health of the fish and environment they inhabit is one thing, limiting their food solely for the pupose of reducing or "stunting" the growth of the animal is not.

Fish stunting is overly common in fishkeeping but IMO a practice that should not be encouraged. It may not be emmediately appearant but fish will eventually develope irreversable health problems as well as a much shorter life span.

Please reconsider this as being not an option.

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Old 09-24-2003, 10:28 PM   #7
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you da man box fish is out until i get my new tank thanks
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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he gets plenty to eat they just grow slower. he eats algae all day long and gets pellets and freeze dried krill at night. i'm not stunting his growth . he has eveything he needs, so sorry if i wrote that in a way to mistake it. he is housed with a blue throat trigger , a marine betta, and an ocellaris clown fish. they all do great together . they are all small too.we also have a 180 gal for when they are all big enough.like i said he is a very slow grower.
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:02 AM   #9
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I had a box fish in my 55 gal tank, fish only, and he was the best. Like puffers, you could actually hand feed him. It was if he had a personality. I know, it sounds funny. My friends were the first to notice that he would come up to the glass and follow you, then stare, very Nemo-like that one. LOL It was the cutest thing.

I miss that little guy. I am starting up a new aquarium after several years’ absence from the hobby. I can not wait and you can bet that one of my fish will definitely be a box fish. I highly recommend getting one.
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Wow, I'm glad I read this. I saw a box fish at the lfs and it was about 2 inches long, and in a cubicle with some other fish that are always 2". I never would have guessed they needed 150 gallons! I bet the store people wouldn't have told me either, had I bought him.
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