Spiny Box Puffer (Chilomycterus schoepfi) Care
The Spiny Box Puffer, Chilomycterus schoepfi, is also known as the Striped Burrfish. These fish come from the Western Atlantic Ocean. They have huge eyes, a golden/brown body with dark spots and honeycomb shaped markings. They have short spines all over their body that they use for defense purposes. These fish lack pelvic fins and use the pectoral fins for movement.
These pufferfish are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as mysis and brine shrimp, high-quality frozen foods and flake and pellet foods They should be fed multiple times a day.
Spiny Box Puffers grow up to about 10″ and require an aquarium of at least 180 gallons with live rock caves and crevices and wide-open swimming areas. They are semi-aggressive fish and have been known to go after smaller fish and inverts. They are not reef safe.
NOTE: Pufferfish will puff up when stressed or to scare away potential predators. Do not intentionally cause a pufferfish to do this as it is very stressful on their body and can actually cause them to become ill and die. If you need to transfer a puffer, please use a container vs. a net to catch and transport them.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 2” to 2-1/2”
Small-Medium: 2-1/2” to 3-1/2”
Medium: 3-1/2” to 4-1/2”
Medium-Large: 4-1/2” to 5-1/2”
Large: 5-1/2” to 6-1/2”