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Old 06-24-2012, 02:24 AM   #1
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Long Horned Cow Fish

Saw this fish in my LFS today and was completely amazing about this animal. Could anyone tell me a little about it?
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:59 AM   #2
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Gets big!

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...4+68&pcatid=68
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:11 AM   #3
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Cowfish also release a toxin when they are stressed. Best if kept in a species tank.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Cowfish also release a toxin when they are stressed. Best if kept in a species tank.
And the toxin can kill them as well as everything else in the tank.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:30 AM   #5
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They are adorable fish with a lot of personality, but as others have mentioned they do have their drawbacks. Other than the eventual 1' length, they are slow/awkward swimmers with fluttery movements that even chromis will pick on. Larger fish such as anthias or tangs can send them spinning in circles when juvenile. They will eat just about anything you throw at them so feeding shouldn't be a problem (deworm them). Unfortunately this animal does release a nonprotein poison, ostracitoxin, when stressed and has shown to decimate a tank (needs peaceful tankmates).
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:36 PM   #6
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I wont be getting one for my tank but I thought it was so interesting. It was so amazing that maybe later I'll get one.
Thank you guys!
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Anyone know how this toxin works? Ive always been interested if it could be harmful to people also. Never have seen any info on the subject of toxicity to humans and/or how it would enter the body?
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Hey schism, this is all my google search could pull up. It does have very little about human animal interaction.

http://mohimarinebio.pbworks.com/w/p...sea%20Drummond
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:59 PM   #9
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ostracitoxin shouldn't affect humans unless consumed as far as I know.

Edit* most venom or poisons can affect the body if there is an open vessel such as cuts, lacerations, etc. where added infections can set in.
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ThAnks both of you, ill check out that link. I dont know why i just think it would be super cool if the toxin were deadly to humans lol. I know im kinda sick.
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ThAnks both of you, ill check out that link. I dont know why i just think it would be super cool if the toxin were deadly to humans lol. I know im kinda sick.
Not sick, more of that manly factor. My large fish only has a antenata lion, foxface lo (venomous), and eel. I get pumped every time I have to stick my hand in there haha.
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Not sick, more of that manly factor. My large fish only has a antenata lion, foxface lo (venomous), and eel. I get pumped every time I have to stick my hand in there haha.
Lol nice
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Lol. What eel do you have? Have you ever gotten bitten?
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I have a snowflake eel, no I haven't been bitten because I'm not crazy enough to hand feed him. I feed him with an acrylic pole. When he misses the food, he bights the pole and I can tell he has strength. I don't want to imagine my fingers on the other end.

FYI, his jaw cracks the plastic of the serving stick.
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LOL ya eel bites don't feel good. I speak from experience. 1.5 foot black edge moray.
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Wow, yeah, be careful with him. Eels don't just strike their food, they keep going past the food. Awesome in the saltwater world, but as aquarist, we have our work cut out with them!
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Saw this fish in my LFS today and was completely amazing about this animal. Could anyone tell me a little about it?
Wow that tank is nasty. Lol
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Omg I just saw the pic. Ew. Lol.
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