Birdbeak Burrfish

Birdbeak Burrfish

Cyclichthys orbicularis

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Indo-Pacific Ocean
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons
Max Size: 12 inches

The Birdbeak Burrfish (Cyclichthys orbicularis), also known as the Orbiculate Burrfish, is endemic to the Indo-Pacific Ocean and Red Sea. They have an orange or brown body with dark splotches and white spines. They are nocturnal, typically hiding among coral and sponges in the day, and searching for algae and invertebrates at night. They should be housed in fish only tanks with fish of similar size and temperament. They may nip at corals or small fish, so they are not recommended for reef tanks. Reaching a maximum size of 12 inches, they should be housed in aquariums with at least 150 gallons, and require a well balanced diet of meaty foods and algae. 

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