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Duncansville, Pa 16635

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TangsTangs or Surgeon Fish at Coral Reef Keepers

 

One of the most popular – indeed, iconic – group of fish in the marine aquarium is the tang or surgeonfish. This popular group, comprising more than 80 species, includes many favorites including Yellow tangs, Hippo tangs, Unicorn tangs, Vlamingii tangs, and Powder Brown and Powder Blue Tangs. Some members of this group often to grow to rather large (22 in.) size, making them inappropriate for small tanks.

The name "surgeonfish" comes from their hard spines at the base of their tail. These fish have one spine on each side of their body that lies flat in a groove until the fish is provoked or threatened. In times of danger, a surgeonfish will flip its tail and the spines pop out like small knives. They resemble a surgeon's scalpel, hence the name surgeonfish.

Surgeonfish are primarily herbivores that reside in the shallow waters of coral reefs. They feed on algae, so they enjoy often grazing alone or in small groups. They do not typically form large schools but stick to small groups. This fact allows most varieties of surgeonfish to be able to be kept together, but sometimes they can be territorial. It is best, however, to add all specimens at the same time or rearrange the rockwork when adding a new species to an aquarium already containing a resident surgeonfish. Read about each species to learn about its size, adaptability, behavior, diet, and especially compatibility with its own species as well as any other species.

Blue Hippo Tang
Care::
  • Easy
  • Medium
Reef Safe::
  • Yes
Feeding:: Vegetarian. Must eat dried foods for vegetarians, dried seaweed and may be fed green vegetables, such as, spinach.
Notes:: Shy at first but becomes very personable. A great addition to the coral reef aquarium. Will eat algae on rocks and glass. Needs plenty of room to swim. Minimum of 90 gal. A hardy fish. Good for beginners. Since wild-caught specimens are prone to saltwater ich, Coral Reef Keepers offers tank-raised specimens that have been in quarantine for at least six weeks prior to sale.
Powder Brown Tang
Care::
  • Easy
  • Medium
Reef Safe::
  • Yes
Feeding:: Vegetarian. Must eat dried foods for vegetarians, dried seaweed and may be fed green vegetables, such as, spinach.
Notes:: A great addition to the coral reef aquarium. Will eat algae on rocks and glass. Needs plenty of room to swim. Minimum of 90 gal. A hardy fish. Good for beginners.
Sailfin Tang
Care::
  • Easy
Reef Safe::
  • Yes
Feeding:: Vegetarian. Must eat dried foods for vegetarians, dried seaweed and may be fed green vegetables, such as, spinach.
Notes:: Can be aggressive towards other fish. A great addition to the coral reef aquarium. Will eat algae on rocks and glass. Needs plenty of room to swim. Minimum of 90 gal. A hardy fish. Good for beginners.
Scopas Tang
Care::
  • Easy
  • Medium
Reef Safe::
  • Yes
Feeding:: Vegetarian. Must eat dried foods for vegetarians, dried seaweed and may be fed green vegetables, such as, spinach.
Notes:: A great addition to the coral reef aquarium. Will eat algae on rocks and glass. Needs plenty of room to swim. Minimum of 90 gal. A hardy fish. Good for beginners.
Vlamingii Tang
Care::
  • Easy
  • Medium
Reef Safe::
  • Yes
Feeding:: Vegetarian. Must eat dried foods for vegetarians, dried seaweed and may be fed green vegetables, such as, spinach.
Notes:: A true chameleon. Can be spotted, striped, silver blue.. very interesting fish. A great addition to the coral reef aquarium. Will eat algae on rocks and glass. Needs plenty of room to swim. Minimum of 90 gal. A hardy fish. Good for beginners.
Yellow Eye Kole Tang
Care::
  • Easy
  • Medium
Reef Safe::
  • Yes
Feeding:: Vegetarian. Must eat dried foods for vegetarians, dried seaweed and may be fed green vegetables, such as, spinach.
Notes:: A great addition to the coral reef aquarium. Will eat algae on rocks and glass. Needs plenty of room to swim. Minimum of 90 gal. A hardy fish. Good for beginners.
Yellow Tang
Care::
  • Easy
Reef Safe::
  • Yes
Feeding:: Vegetarian. Must eat dried foods for vegetarians, dried seaweed and may be fed green vegetables, such as spinach.
Notes:: A great addition to the coral reef aquarium. Will eat algae on rocks and glass. Needs plenty of room to swim. Minimum of 90 gal. A hardy fish. Good for beginners.
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