The Spiny Box Puffer is also known as the Web Burrfish. It has a tan to yellow body with dark spots, and short, fixed spines which help protect it from larger, more aggressive fish. Its teeth are actually a fused beak-like structure.
A 180 gallon or larger aquarium is suitable, provided it is a fish-only tank with plenty of room for swimming. It is known to nip at slow-moving fish and long-finned fish, but is not aggressive with others in its own family. It will eat invertebrates found in a reef tank.
The Spiny Box Puffer needs a varied diet of meaty foods including; squid, krill, clams, and hard shelled shrimp to help wear down their ever growing teeth.
Approximate Purchase Size: Tiny: 1/2" to 1-1/2"; Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Small/Medium: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Medium/Large: 4" to 5"; Large: 5" to 6" Xlarge: 6" to 7"
Dan M Allendale, MI
An extremely interesting creature to watch in my fish-only aquarium. Very personable addition that comes to the front of the tank anytime I am in the room. It was also eating from my hand about a week after being acclimated to my tank.