hovercraft boxfish

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  1. Boegie

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    Done a search on MASA for a hovercraft boxfish with no result. So, let me fix that.

    I paid for one at the LFS, R250 and picking it up after work.

    Do you think it's a good buy?

    Poison is a concern but my tank is about 400 litre. Is this big enough to diluite the posion if the fish die?

    Naso tang is quite bossy but mirror should sort him out.

    Should I cover my powerheads incase the fish get pulled in when he sleeps?

    Got no feather dusters in the tank. Is there any other lifestock it will peck on? Maybe tube anenome?
     
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  3. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Are you reffering to this fish: Tetrasomus gibbosus

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    I love Box fish. they are awesome :) just to scared to keep one lol
     
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    Petrus, they are awsome creatures but with limited survival unless:

    slow flow in tank,
    powerheads are concealed to avoid sucking them in,
    low aggression levels displayed by other inmates..

    generally a small boxie can wipe out a 1000lt system. and quickly.. they rarely release the poision even if they do die from being sucked into a pump.. but is it worth the risk..

    i have caught many of these and other boxies along out coast and their survival rates in my opinion is poor..

    good luck
     
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    or these.
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    Thanks Leslie. Survival rate conserns me. Having bought fish previously that just lasted about 3 weeks, wants me not to loose anymore. Money is tight as well. Rather going to tell LFS to give it a skip and use the money for something else.
     
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    Thanks Dallasg, seen that link earlier. Qouting:
    "They are, however, slow to feed, and so their condition should be monitored closely…the stomach areas of underfed boxfishes will rapidly take on a sunken appearance. However, when housed with other small, methodical feeders (seahorses and pipefishes are worth a try), hovercrafts do quite well."

    I got a tank yesterday, about 40litres that I want to hook up, but that will take some time and money. Desision time? I suppose when I hooked it up, I can always get a hovercraft again. Planning to use the tank for seahorses and pipefishes.
     
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    sorry if a painted a black picture.. i am just concerned.. i so wish all the odd and beautiful fish we strive to keep were as easy as damsels but its not the case..

    these little guys have a fantastic personality and i try every year when i catch one or 2 but i have no sucess (for those of you asking why i dont leave them in the sea.. its because they die with our colder currents here and i try to learn as much about them as possible, i even cease to run my pumps while i have them so increase my chances of survival)
     
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    So, I have took the plunge and have hooked up a 30 litre tank from my sump. Never thought it would be so easy.
    First thing, rushed to National Glass and PG Glass to drill a overflow hole. No luck, there drills are to big. Go to Bacalum and wow only R15 for a 30mm hole. Of to Farmarama to buy piping and connectors. Then to LFS for a small pump.

    To the beach for some water. Washed some aragonite I got from a fellow reefer about a year ago. Hook up and oh no, pump not powerfull enough. Changed pump yesterday, and oh no, pump to powerfull. No problem, bought small plastic clamp and tada:
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    Too sweet man... Congrats... I still want one... :(
     
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    Thank you. Let's give it 3 weeks to see if he will survive. Hoping to add some seahorses but to find them is another story. If anyone that has some and think my setup is ok, PLEASE sell me some.
     
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    i had 3 at one stage, all caught off durban. they are awesome but fragile - the smaller one kept getting blown around by the powerheads. the first time it happened was quite hilarious, the pumps were off for feeding and he was chilling in front of a powerhead when it came back on... :rofl: but was probably quite stressful for him... :whistling:

    all 3 lasted a few months until my powderblue got whitespot. all 3 died within 2 days. managed to save the PB, and everything else, except the boxies. my wife was distraught, they were her favourite fish...

    so ya, it is possible but there is a risk.
     
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    Your setup is not ok for seahorses just yet. They tend to only feed on live food so you need a very mature tank with plenty of pods. Youll need to get a bit more structure in your tank as well, like liverock and macroalgae.

    What is the box fish eating?
     
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    The LFS said that he would like pellets and any frozen food like bloodworm. Gave him some but did not see him eat yet. Any other food I can try?
     
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    In futere ask the shop what it is eating and not what it may like.

    Frozen mysis would also be good. Youll probably have to try a variety of different foods to see what it likes.
     
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    Also try meaty foods like squid, shrimp etc. Seeing as you at the coast, you could get some fresh mussel.
     
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    Yes, seahorses can be a bit tricky. But now I have so much other options. At last I can buy a non reefsave fish. The LFS spoke about getting, can't remember the name, shrimps that goes with blennies. And my pom pom crab is on it's way. What an amazing creature and I will be able to see him about all the time. In a large tank you basically never see them.
     
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    Thanks 459b. I am going to make it my mission to get all posible types of food this weekend. Especially the one you mentioned.
     
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