Animal Stories - Striped Burrfish

Animal-World Information about: Striped Burrfish

   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!
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Chet Kosarek - 2016-05-20
I caught one in Barnegat Inlet while Seining for bait two summers ago. He was reluctant to eat at first but now east frozen krill twice a day from tweezers. He is quite tame. When he feels the vibrations of my footsteps by the tank, a 55 gal, he comes to the corner nearest me and will not leave until I feed him. He made short work of the hermit crabes I had in the tank

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  • Chet Kosarek - 2016-07-28
    My fish has developed a bacterial infection after 2 years of perfect health. I had introduced another fish to the tank and he must have had the bacteria. I treated with Metafix and the Burrfish seems to be getting better. Anyone have any experience with this situation?
michael - 2005-06-22
I was recently snorkling just off the coast of Destin Beach Florida and caught a baby spiny box fish. Might not have been the ethical thing to do, but I netted him and have returned him home to my marine aquarium, where he is housed with a similar sized porcupine puffer, 3 blue damsels and many snails, hermits and other small crabs. He seems more interested in the live seaweed and alagae at this point and I'm concerned about acclimating him to a proper diet. Any suggestions?

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  • Daniel - 2012-06-10
    My spiny boxfish was not eating so I read some replies on a couple forums, so I had cooked shrimp in my freezer. I pulled one out, thawed it and dropped it in the tank, he ate it immediately!!!! I was happy to see him eat. If yours likes it you should feed him about 3 times a day in smaller portions
jessica - 2006-07-28
My husband just caught a baby one in Trout River here on the northside of Jacksonville, FL. He brought it home to me and I have it in a 35 gallon for now. Will have to look for a bigger tank as soon as possible. Doing great. This Spiny Boxfish was caught in a cast net in Brackish water.

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  • Mike - 2010-08-30
    While walking on a bay beach at night, I stepped on a dead one that had washed ashore in Harvey Cedars, NJ. I practically jumped out of my skin, it hurt so much - fortunately no serious injury. My family and I are longtime fisherman in the area and had never seen one before - but it was in perfect condition and was easily identifiable thru pictures on the internet. I buried it in our backyard.
Kim - 2003-08-21
We just bought one...great little fish. He swims to the top of the tank every time he sees me and takes the krill from my fingers! He does puff up occasionally, for no apparent reason. This seems to take a lot of his energy, and he usually rests motionless in this state.