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Caribbean Sharpnose Toby - Canthigaster rostrata - Small/Medium

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The Caribbean Sharpnose Toby (Canthigaster rostrata) has an upper body that is olive-brown colored, a yellow lower body, and small blue dots and lines from snout to tail. The tail is yellow with black edges.

Puffers are not too demanding in terms of care, but they need plenty of space and ample filtration to keep the water quality pristine. They're messy eaters, and the diet required for these fish can leave a lot of waste. Puffers have strong, ever-growing front teeth (beak) that they will need to wear down. They may chew on live rock in the tank to aid in the process. Feeding hard-shelled items, such as whole clams or shellfish, can also help to keep the teeth worn.

"Toby Puffers" or "Sharpnose Puffers" (Canthigaster sp.) have a much different appearance than their larger relatives. These puffers stay much smaller - usually under about 5 inches in length - and have a pointed face. They are generally peaceful toward other fish, but will not tolerate other puffers. They also have a reputation for being "fin nippers", and should not be kept with invertebrates or with passive or showy-finned fish. Tobies are bold eaters that do best on a diet of frozen meaty foods like clams, mussels, squid, and shrimp (shells intact) as well as some algae. All puffers can be destructive inverts and corals so it is not recommended that they be housed in reef tanks.

It is important to never provoke a puffer to see it inflate. Puffing is a stress or defense reaction, and it can cause health problems or even death for a puffer. The fish can swallow air or over-inflate with water, leading to even more stress as the fish attempted to recover and even death due to stress-related complications or internal injuries. If a puffer inflates, remove the source of the stress, lower the lighting on the tank and allow the fish to recover on its own. Avoid using a net or removing the puffer from the water and exposing it to air. Instead, transfer with rigid containers, which will minimize stress that can cause them to puff.

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Specifications

Specifications
MPN
412-SHARPNOSE
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameCaribbean Sharpnose Toby - Sm/Med
Scientific NameCanthigaster rostrata
DifficultyEasy
Reef SafeNo
Invert SafeNo
Community SafeYes, with caution
Max Size (in inches)4.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)45
Originwestern Atlantic
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietOmnivore
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id
28294

State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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