Box fish yes or no?

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  1. mike Bushie

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    does anyone keep this fish are they hard to keep?
    what are the parameters for this fish?
     
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    Which one of the Box fish family. I have 02 and did not have any problems
     
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    really not to sure witch one just said boxfish. it was small yellowish in colour with black spots.
    does flow effect them?
    I have a nano what size tank is good for these guys?
     
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    I do not know of any boxies that are suitable for reef aquariums. They need a diet of varied meaty foods ie squid, shrimp , muscles. When stressed they exude a toxin that can kill your other fish. So for a nano i would say a definite no. Sorry;

    They for some reason make woman go gaga. Always puzzled me. A bigger tank maybe; but pay attention to diet
     
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    why do you think i want one:thumbup:
    no just joking saw like 5 at the pet store today and they very cool little fish.
    I thought they only released the toxin if the die.
    how big of a tank to they need for future reference
     
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    no,no boxfish in a nano.put one in a 2ft holding tank some years back and this thing wiped out every fish in the tank inc itself.
    same happend once when i was diving,caught a few fish and placed in my cachbox and then decided to catch a boxfish i saw,wiped out every fish in the catch although the catchbox did have holes for water to pass through while its submerged in water
     
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    some species have toxin in the mucous.
     
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    Big NO! Also caught one a few months back and had it in the same bucket as the other fish I caught. I slipped and dropped the bucket obviously causing it to stress which caused the release of toxins ending in death to all.
     
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    shit, thanks for the heads up guys, little terminator:lol:
     
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    worse he's like a nuke lol
     
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    700l...if you have fish that abuse him...he will abuse them back x 10.
     
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    Yet another fish that should be left in the ocean
     
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    that pretty little yellow and black spots, will turn muddy brown and around 300mm square in around two years, so not quite the little darling you were looking for, not only that, if you upset it, it will kil all it's tank buddies, not a good long term prospect. there are however loads of good looking/interesting fish for your delectation, notably, mandarins (given enough time for your tank to mature) gobies, blennies, tangs (if your tank is big enough) certain angels - centropyge species don't get too big - nor do many nip at corals, so good luck with your choices.
     
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    It's called "realist" it doesn't help when bloody kids are nipping at your heels, sod off and get back to your jig-saw puzzle:lol:
     
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    sweet chaps shot definitely not going to get one don't want to kill my other fish
     
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    I'm sure Alan has got one in his tank, and Tom I think.
    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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