Care Level: Difficult
Reef Compatible: No
Max. Size: Up to 10"
Spiny Box Puffer (Chilomycterus schoepfi)
The Spiny Box Puffer, otherwise known as the Web Burrfish, are tan-yellow in color with mottled-patterning and dark spots across their bodies and they are covered in yellow, short spines that are alway erect, unlike the spine of the Porcupine Puffers which lays against the body when unpuffed. The Spiny Box Puffer’s erect spines protects themselves from much larger and aggressive predators.
It is best to house the Spiny Box Puffer in a 180 gallon fish-only tank or larger with room for swimming. Puffer fish are known for puffing as a defense mechanism and can inflate twice their normal size when feeling scared or threatened. Keep in mind, these fish are not reef aquarium compatible and are known for eating invertebrates such as hard-shelled mollusks, sponges and corals. These fish can be aggressive towards other fish, but are rather peaceful towards fish in its own family.
The diet of the Spiny Box Puffer should include: krill, clams, squid, and hard shelled shrimp to soften their teeth.