Spiny BoxfishFamily: DiodontidaeChilomycterus schoepfiiPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
The color of the Striped Burrfish or Spiny Boxfish is a good camouflage in its' natural environment. This one has the spines which are always erect. This is very interesting and intriguing fish!
This one is doing what most Striped Burrfish or Spiny Boxfish do very well, looking for food! They will learn that you feed them, and usually swim up to the top every time you approach the aquarium.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Maintenance difficulty: The Striped Burrfish or Spiny Boxfish is not the hardiest of the diodon family. They may be slow to start eating and like other puffers, they require special care and a special diet to stay healthy.
Maintenance: Puffers have strong teeth that grow throughout their lives. They need to be offered hard shelled live food often to keep their teeth worn down. For a better explanation and links to the practice of puffer dentistry (if needed) please read here. Because they eat a meaty diet and are often messy eaters, puffers will produce a large bio load on the biological filter of your aquarium requiring frequent water changes and good maintenance practices.
Foods: Puffers are primarily predatory fish in the wild, though they do graze on algae as well. Acceptable foods include shellfish, crustaceans and hard shelled foods such as snails. A large variety of all kinds of live and frozen meaty foods are best. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day. Some of the suggested frozen foods include prawn, crabs/crabs legs, bloodworms (live or frozen), blackworms (live or frozen), silversides, and mussels. Be sure to wash these foods thoroughly before feeding. Live foods can include snails, crabs, crayfish, shrimp (these are good for keeping their teeth trimmed), and earthworms. Live fish will also be eaten but it is thought it may cause problems such as 'fatty" liver and so should be fed sparingly or not at all.. Puffers are not picky eaters and will quickly become adapted to a variety of prepared aquarium foods and an occasional algae wafer. Flake food is not recommended. Even though they may eat it, puffers will not thrive on it.