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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Ostracion cyanurus
      Max. size: 15.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean = Red Sea to the Persian Gulf.
      Biology: Inhabits areas of moderate coral growth. Solitary and found close to shelter.
      Aquarium Care: This fish is not recommended to be kept in a reef aquarium. When stressed, it can emit a toxin. This toxin can kill an entire tank, including itself. If there are tankmates bothering the fish or if the fish seems near death, then remove either the stressor, or the fish itself. Feed a diet varied with meaty foods (i.e. chopped shrimp, fish, squid, clams, mysid, krill) and herbivore preparations that contain macroalgae. One word of caution, feeding at the surface of the water could cause buoyancy problems, as the fish would ingest air.
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