The Whitley's Boxfish is found on the reefs of Hawaii and obtain a maximum size of 5". The Male is a beautiful dark blue color with many lighter blue spots covering the back. The side of the fish is mostly dark blue with light blue markings outlining the side. The female of this species is beautifully spotted in red and white.
The Whitley's Boxfish should have a minimum of a 50-gallon aquarium. Use caution if placing it in a reef aquarium, as it will often nibble at tubeworms. When stressed, this fish will release a poisonous substance, called ostracitoxin, from its mucous glands, which may harm other fish in the aquarium very quickly.
Very little success has been achieved in breeding this fish in the aquarium setting.
When introduced into an aquarium, the Whitley's Boxfish can be fed a diet of live brine shrimp or bloodworms. After acclimatization, chopped squid, clams, mussels, and herbivore preparations can be fed. This fish has the peculiar habit of coming to the surface and spitting when it is hungry.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 3-1/2"
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Caution: This species secretes or releases toxins when stressed or injured that may kill fish in the aquarium. LiveAquaria.com cannot accept responsibility for any loss that may occur should this animal poison the aquarium.
Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution please.