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  1. irshaad

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    Looks like a pufferfish, anyone got an id?
    Caught a few at Muizenberg footpath, largest one was about 15cm long.

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    where exactly in muizenberg?u put him in ur DT?
    looks like a puffer
     
  4. irshaad

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    Nope, threw them back. Caught them at the footpath at Muizenberg along railwaylines.
     
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    These are indeed coldwater pufferfish/tobies. The full and correct name, is: evileye blaasop
     
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    Had a few in my 6 foot - love to bury themselves under the substrate and as you walk past the tank you suddenly the "evil eye" watching you from under the sand - very cool - but can become problematic if they stress too much - heard they got some serious toxins to release into the water column to protect themselves - this is not too bad in the big open ocean as the the toxins are quickly diluted but in our "small" volumes can wipe out the whole tank - dont know if anyone wants to risk that?
     
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    Interesting! Thanks guys!
     
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    Chiks, I thought only Box fish do this, not puffer fish
     
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    Thought this myself untill found a few guys on the beach - stupid fish got caught on rod and was thrown to die with the hook still in the mouth! One of the anglernoobs asked why didnt they use it as bait they replied they tried it before but ended up getting sick eating the fish that was caught with this bait which led them to believe that this fish poisoned what the were eating - It is even led to believe if an angler catches this on his rod it is an ill omen and the puffer must be destroyed to nullify the bad luck .... I think they wont release it because these greedy stupid things will just get caught again!
     
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    puffer only are dangerous if eaten.. thats all
     
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    sorry to hijack here - caught one of these the other day as well and decided to keep him as i had been assured that they are only poisonous if eaten. so far he has settled in well in the tank and is eating. the clowns gave him a bit of grief at first but everyone is getting along now.

    can anyone confirm the toxin release situation? ive been reading up on it but cant find any relevant info regarding the release of toxins.

    thanks.

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