The Ornate Boxfish, "Aracana ornata"
is a variety of Boxfish with characteristic "horns" protruding from its head resembling a bull or cow. Though in its juvenile stage, the "horns" are yet not developed. The Ornate Boxfish is native to Australia and is a yellow/brown base color with geometric patterns all along its body. Males will sport a much more vibrant blue color on its body along with a bright orange tail that features scalloped edges and baby blue outlines. Females will be more dull in color but still carry the unique pattern and fin shape making them just as unique.
They should be kept in a tank of at least 100 gallons as they can grow to 8 inches in length, with plenty of live rock and a sand substrate. It is a
great reef fish as long as it is not kept with larger, more aggressive
or speedy fish. Be sure not to house the Boxfish with cleaner type fish
as well, as it has sensitive skin, and they do secrete poison from skin
glands when stressed or in danger. This poison may kill fish in the
aquarium very quickly. Also be sure to keep the lid on your tank
tightly sealed to prevent jumping. They can pick on smaller inverts and
tubeworms once it gets larger so plan accordingly. The Ornate Boxfish should be fed an omnivore diet of live Brine shrimp or Mysis,
chopped squid, clams, mussels, and herbivore preparations for diversity
in their diet.