Longhorn Cowfish (Lactoria cornuta)

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Longhorn Cowfish

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Longhorn Cowfish

Lactoria cornuta

Difficult

sg

1.020 - 1.025

pH

8.1 - 8.4

[[Minimum temperature::72 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::78 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

8-12 °d

1:3 M:F

Omnivore
Live Foods
Other (See article)

2-8 years

Family

Ostraciidae



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Additional names

Longhorn Cowfish, Longhorn Boxfish, Yellow Boxfish

Additional scientific names

Ostracion cornutus


Origin

Sexing

No visible differences between male and female fish. In the wild, a single male are usually found with a group of females.

Tank compatibility

Peaceful towards other tank mates. HOWEVER, not only can this fish be easily startled and injure itself trying to hide, it's also highly toxic, it's skin contains ostracitoxin. If it gets stressed out or sick it will release a toxin into the water that will kill everything around it, it's perfectly capable of wiping out your entire tank. When introducing this fish, do not let ANY bag water into the tank, and during water changes if the fish needs to be taken out, put it in a container alone.

Diet

Will take most meaty foods or vegetables.

Feeding regime

Twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Needs a large tank with plenty of hiding places. Not particularly reef safe as it will eat inverts. Excellent water quality is necessary to keep this fish happy and healthy. They don't appreciate strong currents.

Behaviour

Slow swimming very curious fish. Will examine anything new in the tank very closely.

Identification

Distinctive yellow cube shape with two long "horns" extending from it's forehead. As this fish matures, these "horns" will get shorter.

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