Scrawled Cowfish, Acanthostracion quadriconis is a very common fish to Florida. Cowfish like various habitats but prefer grass beds in shallow waters where they change their colors to blend with the background. They can be kept with a variety of fish without only problems. This fish is a slow eater so it is important that it is not with fish which are fast in their food consumption.
***These fish are not toxic to the aquarium at all. Many people confuse the scrawled cow fish with the Smooth Trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter) or the Spotted Trunkfish (Lactophrys bicaudalis) which release a toxic mucus when stressed which can kill an entire system in a matter of minutes. We do not collect these at all since they are so toxic and most people do not want them in an aquarium. We really don’t want them kept in our aquariums here either since they could kill all of our fish as well!