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Old 06-27-2004, 11:54 AM   #1
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Getting a Cowfish?

I'm thinking about getting a cowfish for my fish only tank. I've know some people have said to stay away from them because they release a toxin when they die and can kill your tank. But I 've also heard stories of people who have keep them for years, had them die and have had no problem. So I was wondering, how many people out there have actually had this happen to them or experienced any sort of trouble with cowfish?
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Old 06-27-2004, 02:15 PM   #2
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i think it a risk that most dont want to take !! what are the other fish you want to keep the cowfish with lets start there !! also some fish i know can live thru the toxins some cant !!
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Old 06-27-2004, 07:29 PM   #3
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Ive had one for about 2 years with no problems.
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Old 06-27-2004, 08:30 PM   #4
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Currently, I've got a medium Passer Angel, Foxface, Yellow Tang, Royal Gramma, Longnose Hawk, 3 Yellow Tail Damsels, Flame angel, and 3 Percula Clowns
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Old 06-28-2004, 12:53 AM   #6
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:29 AM   #7
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Longhorn Cowfish
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Says that when strssed, it can exude a toxin that may wipe out an entire tank.

There are 3 Cowfishes listed in this book as Cowfishes.
2 of them are reportedly able to exude this toxin. The one listed above and Scrawled Cowfish.

The Thornback Cowfish can exude some form of toxin but it says that they are less apt to do so or the toxin is not lethal, as poisioning are very rarely reported.
The Thornback is also the smallest of the Cowfishes, growing to a maxium length os 5.9 inches, while the others will get between 18 and 19 inches.

Hope this might help you out.
This is from a book called "Marine Fishes" by Scott W. Michael

Very good guide to over 500 Marine fishes.

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My porcupine puffer accidently inhaled my cowfish on 2 seperate occasions while in a feeding frenzy. Neither time did the cowfish "Exude" anything.

Hes also been picked on by a trigger, having one of his rear horns bitten off and a front horn split into.

If those incidents are not enough to make him release toxins, then I cant imagine what would cause it.

Every tank is different and every fish is different, so what applies to me may not apply to you, but hes got more personality than all my other fish put together and I wouldnt trade him for anything.

I know some of you are sick of looking at my cowfish, but I gotta post the pic again

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hehehe looks like it half deer lolol
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Old 07-02-2004, 12:43 PM   #10
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I was reading this thinking about a clownfish. Then the horns were mentioned and I took another look at the name! Oops!
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