Ostracion solorensis
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Ostracion solorensis
Source: JJPhoto.dk

Facts

Latin name Ostracion solorensis - Bleeker, 1853
Common name Reticulate boxfish
Family Ostraciidae - Ostracion
Origin Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific
Max length 12.0 cm (4.7")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 700 l (185 gal)
Hardiness Average
Suitable for aquarium Suitable with care
Reef safe Unknown
Aggressiveness Docile

Food

Unknown

Poisonous skin.

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.

Insufficient information

There is little available knowledge of this species, so there can be important information missing on this page.

Poor maneuverability

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.

Live food

There is a greater chance of success with this species if one can supply a living feed to allow it to adapt to the tank.

Personality

This species often has a fun and interesting personality.

Docile

This species is very shy and docile, so one should be careful when keeping it with more aggressive fish.

Description

Is light in colour when young and gradually becomes darker.

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.

FishBase

Aquarium trade Yes
Distribution Western Pacific: Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean and Indonesia to Fiji, north to the Philippines. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797) and the northern northern Great Barrier Reef (Ref. 9710).
English common names Solor boxfish, Reticulate boxfish, Reticulated boxfish

References and further reading

About references

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).

Tags

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