|Latin name||Ostracion cyanurus - Rüppell, 1828|
|Common name||Bluetail trunkfish|
|Family||Ostraciidae - Ostracion|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, The Red Sea|
|Max length||15.0 cm (5.9")|
As aquarium fish
This species has a toxin in its skin, which it releases when highly stressed or dying.
This poison can kill all the aquatic life in the aquarium, if unlucky.
Threat towards invertebrates
This species likes eating crustaceans, small bivalves and the like.
This species likes to eat tubeworms.
There is little available knowledge of this species, so there can be important information missing on this page.
This species cannot maneuver in strong currents, especially so when small.
Pay particular attention to the pump’s water inlet as these fish in certain circumstances, can get stuck.
This species often has a fun and interesting personality.
Does not eat whole fish, but a good diet consists of a mix of vegetables, pieces of shrimp and small pieces of fish.
Family description (Ostraciidae)
Boxfish(Ostraciidae) have a unique square shape and a particular way of swimming.
They have a rather special personality, which one quickly comes to love.
Boxfish live typically off a mixture of algae, coral polyps, zooplankton, and in some cases crustaceans.
They are not normally reef safe and when small will require gentle water circulation.
Boxfish can secrete a poison when stressed or if they die, which can in the worst case, kill the contents of a whole aquarium.
Never use the water the fish was transported in.
|Distribution||Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to the Persian Gulf.|
|English common names||Bluetail trunkfish|
|Danish common names||Blåhalet kuffertfisk|
References and further reading
Bob Fenner. The Puffers Called Box-, Cowfishes, family Ostraciidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Richard Aspinall. 2012. Oddballs for the Marine Aquarium - Tropical Fish Hobbyist - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|eats shrimp, eats crab, eats bivalve clams mussels scallops, eats feather duster worm|