Saltwater Fish: Saltwater Aquarium Surgeon Tangs

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Saltwater Aquarium Surgeon Tangs

 
   

Acanthuridae ("thorn tail") is the family of Surgeonfishes, Tangs, and Unicornfishes. The family includes about 80 species, all of which are marine fish living usually around coral reefs. Many of the species are brightly colored and popular for the saltwater fish aquarium.Tangs are commonly referred to as Surgeonfish or Doctorfish, and make a wonderful addition to the reef or fish only aquarium. The distinctive characteristic of the family is the spines, on either side of the tail, which are dangerously sharp. Both the dorsal and anal fins are large, extending for most of the length of the body. The small mouths have a single row of teeth used for grazing on algae. Most of the Surgeonfish species are relatively small and have a maximum length of 6 to16 inches, but some members of the genus Acanthurus, some members of the genus Prionurus, and most members of the genus Naso can grow larger, with the whitemargin unicornfish (N. annulatus), the largest species in the family, reaching a length of up to 3 feet!

Tangs are very sensitive to disease in the home aquarium. However if the tang is fed enough algae and the aquarium is properly maintained disease should not be a problem. Like all species we always recommend it is smart to quarantine new animals using coppersafe or formalin for a period of around 2 weeks. When considering a tang for your aquarium it is important to consider the size to which these fish can grow. Larger species such as the popular Naso or Lipstick Tang, Unicorn and Sohal Tangs can grow to 15 inches and require both swimming room and hiding places.

When adding Tangs to your home aquarium we suggest adding tangs to the aquarium in groups to split up the aggrecion common to this species. It is also the best to add Tangs to your marine aquarium last, so their aggressive behavior will be countered by the supremecy of the older tank inhabitants.

Tangs will primarily graze on macroalgae, such as caulerpa and gracillaria. A popular technique for aquarists, is to grow macroalgae in a sump or refugium. This technique not only is economically beneficial, but serves to promote enhanced water quality through nitrate absorption. The growth of the algae can then be controlled by feeding it to the tang.

Lipstick Naso Tang
Naso lituratus (Hawaii)

Description: The Naso tang is a very personable fish that once its comfortable can be trained to accept foods from its keeper's hand. A little shy at first, it takes a little time to acclimate to aquarium life. Being a peaceful fish with an amicable nature, it will get along with most other marine fish. Though it can be kept with a variety of tank mates this species has been known to get aggressive with other surgeonfish, especially those of its own genus. Unless you have a huge (hundreds of gallons) system, it is best to house just one Naso tang to a tank. .

Recommended Tank size:This handsome fish is very active; thus, it is important to provide it with plenty of swimming space. A minimum recommended tank size is 125 gallons for a large Naso and 50 gallons for a small (you will need a larger tank when it grows). Like all surgeonfish and tangs, the Naso Tang likes a lot of water turbulence rather than a placid aquarium. Being very active during the day they need a large tank with plenty of room to swim about but will also need rocks/ corals to provide some cover and to sleep in at night. As they are primarily herbivores they ignore invertebrates, but lush natural algae growth will be greatly appreciated. Once they get acclimated and become accustom to aquarium foods they are quite hardy and long lived

Food and diet: The Naso Tangs are primarily herbivores. In the wild they feed mainly on leafy brown algae like Sargassum and Dictyota. Provide lots of algae, prepared frozen formulas containing algae or spirulina, and flakes. Japanese Nori or other seaweed can be adhered to the aquarium glass with a vegetable clip. It will also feed on some frozen brine and mysis shrimp. Some hobbyists also have great success with supplemental foods such as previously boiled or frozen zucchini, broccoli, spinach, and leaf lettuce.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4-1/2" to 6"; XLarge: 6-1/2" to 7-1/2"; Show Size 8" up

Female - Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $99.99 XLarge $169.99

Male - Small
$39.99 Medium $69.99 Large $139.99 XLarge $249.99

Female Show Size - $249.99 Male Show Size - $359.99

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 Blue Hippo Tang
Paracanthurus hepatus (Indonesia)

Description: The Blue Tang also called the Blue Hippo Tang is a beautiful royal blue, with a black palette pattern on the side and a yellow tail. Of the thousands of fish available to the trade, this is one of the most popular of them all! In the famous movie Finding Nemo the Blue Tang is "Dory", sidekick to loveable "Nemo". Shy, especially when first introduced to the aquarium, the Blue Tang should be provided with coral, live rock, or other suitable shelter sites. The Blue Tang will lie on is side (often startling those unaware of it's behavior) if it cannot find a suitable hiding place, or when first introduced into the aquarium. This species is usually more docile than many other Surgeonfishes, and gets along great in a peaceful community or reef tank.

Recommended Tank size: When full grown, they need a 150 gallon or larger aquarium with a number of hiding places and plenty of room to swim.Smaller size Blue Tangs can be housed in 70 gallon and larger aquariums. To keep multiple specimens, you must introduce the entire lot at once into the marine system.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Small/Medium: 2" to 3"; Medium 3" to 4"; Medium/Large 4" to 5"; Large: 5" to 6"

Small $44.99 Small/Medium $49.99 Medium $59.99

Medium/Large $79.99 Large* $99.99

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Tank Bred Blue Hippo Tang
Paracanthurus hepatus

Special Note: The Blue Hippo Tangs offered here have been reared in captivity and will accept readily available prepared foods. They are fully acclimated to aquarium life and much more hardy than wild collected specimens.  

Description: A tank-Bred fish is the best choice for the less experienced aquarist because they were reared in captivity and will readily accept readily available prepared foods for Surgeon Tangs. Due to the extra cost in Tank Breeding, there is an increase in cost for these tank-raised Blue Hippo Tangs, but we feel it is more than well worth the cost. Shy, especially when first introduced to the aquarium, the Blue Tang should be provided with coral, live rock, or other suitable shelter sites. The Blue Tang will lie on is side (often startling those unaware of it's behavior) if it cannot find a suitable hiding place, or when first introduced into the aquarium. This species is usually more docile than many other Surgeonfishes, and gets along great in a peaceful community or reef tank.

Recommended Tank size: When full grown, they need a 150 gallon or larger aquarium with a number of hiding places and plenty of room to swim.Smaller size Blue Tangs can be housed in 70 gallon and larger aquariums. To keep multiple specimens, you must introduce the entire lot at once into the marine system.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: up to 1-3/4": Medium: 2" to 2-3/4"

Small $59.99 Medium $79.99

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   Powder Brown Tang
Acanthurus nigricans

Description: Other names used for this ocean beauty is the Powder Brown Surgeonfish and White-Cheel Tang. The Powder Brown is shy when introduced to the aquarium and will require suitable hiding places to refuge in if threatened.

Recommendations: 125 gallon or larger aquarium with a number of hiding places and plenty of room to swim. We recommend only 1 tang of similar appearance called a look alike surgeon tang in the tank, unless you have a very large tank, since like most tangs, this species can be aggressive toward other look alike surgeonfish.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. The powder brown can be finicky when it comes to adjusting to eating prepared foods, so a tank with a growing amount of algae on the live rock and other areas of the tank will ensure your new surgeon tang will get enough to eat during the acclimation process. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish, fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" - 3"; Medium: 3" - 4"; Large: 4" - 6"
Small $49.99 Medium $54.99 Large $84.99
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 White Cheek Tang
Acanthurus nigricans (Hawaii)

Description: The White Cheek Tang, is also known as the Gold-rimmed Surgeonfish or Whitecheek Surgeonfish. The Whitecheek Tang is shy when introduced to the aquarium and will require suitable hiding places to refuge in if threatened. The Whitecheek Tang can be finicky when it comes to adjusting to eating prepared foods, so a tank with a flourishing algae crop or live rock will ensure it gets enough to eat during the acclimation process. Like most tangs, this species can be aggressive toward surgeonfish tankmates once it acclimates, especially members of its own kind (keep only one per tank).

Recommended Tank size: 125 gallon or larger aquarium with a number of hiding places and plenty of room to swim. We recommend only 1 tang of similar appearance called a look alike surgeon tang in the tank, unless you have a very large tank, since like most tangs, this species can be aggressive toward other look alike surgeonfish.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. The powder brown can be finicky when it comes to adjusting to eating prepared foods, so a tank with a growing amount of algae on the live rock and other areas of the tank will ensure your new surgeon tang will get enough to eat during the acclimation process. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish, fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size:Small: 2" - 3"; Medium: 3" - 4"; Large: 4" - 6"

Small $64.99 Medium $79.99 Large $129.99
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 Powder Blue Tang
Acanthurus leucosternon

Description:The powder blue tang (often called by its scientific species name leucosternon) is one of the most beautiful and coveted fish for marine aquariums. A mature powder blue tang has many different shades of blue, from dark navy to light powder blue, with bright yellow on the dorsal fin and dramatic black markings on the face.Once established, these fish do very well in an established tank with lots of live rock and swimming room. Keep only one per tank. These fish are very fragile and will not tolerate being abused by other fish.

Recommended Tank size: 125 gallon or larger aquarium with a number of hiding places and plenty of room to swim. We recommend only 1 tang of similar appearance called a look alike surgeon tang in the tank, unless you have a very large tank, since like most tangs, this species can be aggressive toward other look alike surgeonfish.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1 1/2" to 2 "; Small/Medium: 2" to 2 1/2"; Medium: 2 1/2" to 3 1/2"; Medium/Large 4" to 5"; Large: 5" to 6" ; XLarge: 6" to 7"

Small $59.99 Small/Medium $69.99 Medium $79.99
Medium/Large $84.99 Large $139.99 XLarge $179.99

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  Clown Tang
(Acanthurus lineatus) (Maldives)

Description: This beauty is very active and needs lots of unobstructed swimming room . Residing in highly-oxygenated areas of the ocean for aquarium success this must be duplicated by having large flowing pumps on the aquarium system which turns the aquarium water over very fast. Like most tangs, well-acclimated, comfortable specimens may be aggressive towards close relatives. It typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks. Availability Notes: Small and medium are semi regularly available, larger specimens are seldom collected.

Tank Recommendations:A 180 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It requires very clean, properly oxygenated water. It is aggressive towards other Tangs, Surgeonfish, and fish with similar body shapes or feeding patterns.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Difficult - rec'd for Advanced Aquarist Only

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 6"

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Advanced Aquarist Only." This species is recommended only for the advanced marine aquarist, zoo, or research institution.

Small $44.99 Medium $59.99 Large $119.99
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Juvenile Chevron Tang
Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis (Christmas Island)

Description: Juveniles are orange with blue lines on the body, while the dorsal and anal fins are blue. Adults are dark olive brown with thin pinstripes on the body. Adults are not often available. It is not an overly aggressive fish and will usually not bother fish tankmates, with the possible exception of close relatives. It may be picked on by aggressive tangs. Provide this active fish with plenty of swimming room, as well one or two hiding places. Its teeth are adapted for browsing on diatoms (brown algae) off of hard substrates and its needs are easily met. Most specimens are around 2"-3", large specimens are seldom collected.

Tank Recommendations:Will do best in a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and hiding places. It requires a tank size of 125 gallon or larger. Like all Surgeon Tangs, it will be aggressive with other body shape look alikes such as Yellow Tangs or Sailfin Tangs but peaceful to other fish. If putting more than one in your aquarium, make sure to put all in at the same time.

Food and diet: The Chevron Tang will eat all foods including meaty foods, but since it is a herbivore it must be provided with a varied diet that includes frozen and flake foods for herbivores as well as dried algae sheets to obtain the nescessary vitamins and minerals. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Frozen Foods for Surgeon Tangs will be a great balanced diet.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium 2" to 3"

Medium $199.99

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Purple Tang
Zebrasoma xanthurus (Red Sea)

Description:One of the most desired saltwater fish for the home aquarium, the Purple Tang was brought into the aquarist trade back in the 1960's, and origionally collected only in the Red Sea, they have now been found in other locations such as the Gulf of Eden and in the Arabian Sea. Other names this beauty is known by is the Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, and Blue Surgeonfish. Adults in the wild will grow to about 10 inches, smaller of course in an aquarium.

Tank Recommendations:Will do best in a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and hiding places. It requires a tank size of 125 gallon or larger. Like all Surgeon Tangs, it will be aggressive with other body shape look alikes such as Yellow Tangs or Sailfin Tangs but peaceful to other fish. If putting more than one in your aquarium, make sure to put all in at the same time.

Food and diet: The Purple Tang will eat all foods including meaty foods, but since it is a herbivore it must be provided with a varied diet that includes frozen and flake foods for herbivores as well as dried algae sheets to obtain the nescessary vitamins and minerals. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Frozen Foods for Surgeon Tangs will be a great balanced diet.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size:Small /Medium 2" to 3", Large 3" to 4"


Small/Medium $189.99 Large $249.99


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Desjardini Tang
Zebrasoma desjardini (Maldives/Red Sea)

Description: Also called the Desjardini Tang, Red Sea Sailfin Tang, or the Desjardin's Surgeonfish. It is an active fish that requires plenty of swimming room. Best kept one per tank. May be aggressive towards tangs of similar color and body shape, but peaceful to other fish. Provide hiding places large enough to accommodate.

Recommended Tank size: Will do best in a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and hiding places. It requires a tank size of 125 gallon or larger. Like all Surgeon Tangs, it will be aggressive with other body shape look alikes such as Yellow Tangs or Sailfin Tangs but peaceful to other fish. If putting more than one in your aquarium, make sure to put all in at the same time.

Food and diet:The Desjardini Tang will eat all foods including meaty foods, but since it is a herbivore it must be provided with a varied diet that includes frozen and flake foods for herbivores as well as dried algae sheets to obtain the nescessary vitamins and minerals. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Frozen Foods for Surgeon Tangs will be a great balanced diet.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5"; XLarge: 5" to 6-1/2"

Note: The Small form of the Desjardini Tang may not have spots yet therefore are very similar to a normal Sailfin Tang. As the Desjardini grows the spots and all the bold striping will develop on both the fins and body.

Small $49.99 Medium $69.99 Large $129.99 XLarge $179.99
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  Kole Yellow Eye Tangs
Ctenochaetus strigosus (Hawaii)

Description: Also known by the Striped Bristletooth, and Goldring Bristletooth Tang, Yellow Eye Tang, or Yelloweye Surgeonfish. Easy identifiable by its reddish-brown body with lighter lines running down the entire body and a bold yellow ring around the eye. It is an active species that will graze on microalgae growing on the aquarium glass and décor. It is a passive tang that makes a great community fish. Very popular as a "maintainance" tang.

Recommended Tank size: Will do best in a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and hiding places. It requires a tank size of 60 gallon or larger. Like all Surgeon Tangs, it will be aggressive with other body shape look alikes such as Yellow Tangs or Sailfin Tangs but peaceful to other fish. If putting more than one in your aquarium, make sure to put all in at the same time.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5"
Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $69.99
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 Yellow Tang
Zebrasoma flavescens (Hawaii)

Description: This is the most well known fish in the marine hobby. When sleeping or stressed a white line appears on the flanks of this fish. If you are going to keep more than one tang in the same tank it is best to introduce them simultaneously, or to introduce smaller individuals first. This is a good community fish. This species can be aggressive toward surgeonfish tankmates, especially members of its own kind or members of the genus Zebrasoma, after it has acclimated to its new home. It will also defend a preferred hiding place from intruders. Provide this active fish with plenty of swimming room, as well one or two hiding places.

Recommended Tank size: Will do best in a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and hiding places. It requires a tank size of 125 gallon or larger. Like all Surgeon Tangs, it will be aggressive with other body shape look alikes such as Yellow Tangs or Sailfin Tangs but peaceful to other fish. If putting more than one in your aquarium, make sure to put all in at the same time.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5" ; XLarge: 5" to 6-1/2"

Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $79.99 XLarge $99.99
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Blonde Naso Tang
Naso elegans (Indonesia)

Description: The Blonde Naso tang is a very personable fish that once its comfortable can be trained to accept foods from its keeper's hand. A little shy at first, it takes a little time to acclimate to aquarium life. Being a peaceful fish with an amicable nature, it will get along with most other marine fish. Though it can be kept with a variety of tank mates this species has been known to get aggressive with other surgeonfish, especially those of its own genus. Unless you have a huge (hundreds of gallons) system, it is best to house just one Naso tang to a tank. .

Recommended Tank size:This handsome fish is very active; thus, it is important to provide it with plenty of swimming space. A minimum recommended tank size is 150 gallons for a large Naso. Like all surgeonfish and tangs, the Naso Tang likes a lot of water turbulence rather than a placid aquarium. Being very active during the day they need a large tank with plenty of room to swim about but will also need rocks/ corals to provide some cover and to sleep in at night. As they are primarily herbivores they ignore invertebrates, but lush natural algae growth will be greatly appreciated. Once they get acclimated and become accustom to aquarium foods they are quite hardy and long lived

Food and diet: The Naso Tangs are primarily herbivores. In the wild they feed mainly on leafy brown algae like Sargassum and Dictyota. Provide lots of algae, prepared frozen formulas containing algae or spirulina, and flakes. Japanese Nori or other seaweed can be adhered to the aquarium glass with a vegetable clip. It will also feed on some frozen brine and mysis shrimp. Some hobbyists also have great success with supplemental foods such as previously boiled or frozen zucchini, broccoli, spinach, and leaf lettuce.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4-1/2" to 6"; XLarge: 6-1/2" to 7-1/2"; Show Size 8" up

Female - Small $79.99 Medium $99.99 Large $149.99 XLarge $229.99

Male - Small
$99.99 Medium $129.99 Large $179.99 XLarge $279.99

Female Show Size - $349.99 Male Show Size - $399.99

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Sailfin Tang
Zebrasoma veliferum

Description: Also known as the Pacific Sailfin Tang or Pacific Sailfin, one of the least aggressive of all the Surgeon Tangs. Its appearance can practically double in size at will by raising or lowering its sizable dorsal and anal fins.

Recommended Tank size: Will do best in a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and hiding places. It requires a tank size of 125 gallon or larger. Like all Surgeon Tangs, it will be aggressive with other body shape look alikes such as Yellow Tangs or Sailfin Tangs but peaceful to other fish. If putting more than one in your aquarium, make sure to put all in at the same time.

Food and diet: Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5"

Small $29.99 Medium $39.99 Large $64.99
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 Flame Fin Tomini Tang
Ctenochaetus tominiensis

Description:One of the easiest saltwater fish to keep after acclimated, the Tomini Tang is a great fish for beginners with a sufficient sized aquarium. It is also the smallest of the Tangs, which makes it a great addition to the average home reef aquarium. The Tomini Tang is a typical member of the Ctenochaetus genus, meaning it is generally mild mannered and a good fish for a mixed community setting. They are also known to be a very effective grazer in the reef tank, keeping algae under control. Tomini Tangs will not bother not a single coral, clam, or invertebrate. When keeping more than one species of Tang, it is best to add them at the same time to a larger aquarium. When adding multiple Tangs to the same aquarium, it is best to have the Tomini in place prior to adding Tangs of a different genus.

Recommended Tank size: Will do best in a reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and hiding places. It requires a tank size of 70 gallon or larger. Like all Surgeon Tangs, it will be aggressive with other body shape look alikes such as Yellow Tangs or Sailfin Tangs but peaceful to other fish. If putting more than one in your aquarium, make sure to put all in at the same time.


Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on brown macroalgae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish. Typically fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4", Medium: 2-1/4" to 3", Large: 3" to 5"

Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $69.99
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 Achilles Tang
Acanthurus achilles (Hawaii)

Description: Acanthurus achilles is a saltwater fish with the common names Achilles Tang, Achilles surgeonfish and Red-tailed Surgeon. Achilles Tangs are a very deep brown almost to a purple, with striking orange and white lining along the fish's fins and tail. When the fish matures, a prominent orange drop shape develops on the caudal area terminating into a sharp spine.

Recommendations: The Achilles is not for the inexperienced aquarist. However, if you are a more experienced saltwater aquarist, you might think about keeping an Achilles. They are peaceful aquarium inhabitants and will rarely bother their tankmates. Just about the only exception is when kept with other Tangs/Surgeonfish, particularly of their own species. Then they will become aggressive towards the other Tang. They are totally reef-safe, and can be kept with any invertebrates. They require a large fish tank, we recommend a minimum of 150 gallon, but 180 gallons would even be better. They require Turbulent water flow and surface movement (either in the display aquarium or the sump). This is essential for Achilles health. Heavy surface movement brings higher oxygen levels which will go a long way toward a healthy Achilles Tang.

Food and diet: In nature it feeds almost entirely on algae and should be offered a wide a variety of foods including plenty of algae. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of seaweed and algae. These are the foods that will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use. Selcon-type products can be utilized several times a week to supplement their diet.

Reef Compatability: Great reef fish, fares notably better in reef aquariums than in fish only tanks.

Level of Care:Difficult

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 5-1/2"

*Special Note:Because of the increased level of care required for this species it has been marked Advance Aquarist , as an"Advanced Aquarist Species," there is no guarantee provided. 

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