The Longhorn Cowfish are usually discovered within the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, and most commonly in the lower current waters. The cowfish's body has a yellow base and is covered with white and blue dots, and is occasionally referred to as the Yellow Boxfish; however, the Longhorn is not to be confused with Ostracion cubicus, commonly called the Yellow or Polka Dot Boxfish. In the wild, it is not uncommon to see a 18-22" specimen, while in the aquarium the Longhorn Cowfish tends to be dramatically smaller - 15" or less.
If it is possible, you should try to add the Longhorn Cowfish to the home aquarium first before adding more aggressive and active fish. Additionally, it should be noted that this Cowfish needs to be housed in a relatively large tank, decorated with a live rock for algae grazing. Furthermore, caution needs to be taken when adding this fish to your tank if you are looking to maintain tubeworms, as this fish is known to eat them.
Longhorn Cowfish can be very long lived when housed correctly. However, it must be acknowledged that the Cowfish has poisonous skin, and when it is threatened, it can be known to ex-spell toxins that can cause critical damage to other fish in the tank.
The Longhorn Cowfish is an omnivore and must be offered a range of vegetable and meaty foods. Furthermore, it is important to consider that these fish are very cautious eaters and do take their time, so issues may occur if it is housed with more aggressive and active eaters.
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