The Shortnose Boxfish has a pale grey body colour with a small bump on the 'nose' above the upper lip and a ridge along the middle of the back. They have a pattern of hexagons with brown spots.
This is a difficult fish to keep in the aquarium setting by any other than the most experienced aquarist. Use caution if placing the Shortnose Boxfish in a reef tank as they will often nibble at tubeworms. When stressed, the Shortnose Boxfish releases a poisonous substance, called ostracitoxin, from its mucous glands which will kill other fish in the tank very quickly.
Very little success has been achieved in breeding these fish in an aquarium. When first introduced, the Shortnose Boxfish can be fed a diet of live brine shrimp or bloodworms. After acclimatization, chopped squid, clams, mussels, and herbivore preparations can be fed.