Longhorn Cowfish

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Longhorn Cowfish

This marine aquarium fish is known as Longhorn Cowfish and the correct latin name is Lactoria cornuta. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Boxfish family. (e) Origin of this fish is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This fish is peaceful, however it should not be kept with very small species.

Longhorn Cowfish can grow up to 45 cm what is approximately 17 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 5400cm2 of water surface which is approximately 837 square inch. This species will require to be kept in a tank that is large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the Longhorn Cowfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

This fish might be dangerous for all fish in the tank. If it is stressed, it may release a toxic substance, which can kill other fish and creatures in the tank if you do not change the water quickly.

L. Cornuta should be not kept with aggressive and quick swimming fish or other Cowfish.

Longhorn Cowfish is an omnivore and it can be fed worms, clams, tunicates, various mussels, snails, shrimp and algae. It will accept these food in live or frozen form.

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Longhorn Cowfish picture no. 4

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the picture. Copyright Ken Leonard.

Longhorn Cowfish picture no. 5
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