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Saltwater Tang/Surgeonfish Photos

  • Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal)

    Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal)
     Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal). Deb & Stan Hauter

    The Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal) is also known as the Sohal Surgeonfish and Red Sea Clown Surgeon. It is found in the Red Sea, to the Persian Gulf, and the Arabian Sea.

    Sohal Tangs are very aggressive and should not be kept with other Tangs or Wrasse species.

    Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas)

    Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas)
     Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas). Greg Cline

    The Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas) is also known as the Brown Scopas Tang. This fish is aggressive towards its own species or tangs in general, and best kept with only one per tank.  It will grow to  size of 12″ and needs a 125 gallon or larger tank.

    Blue Eye Tang (Ctenochaetus binotatus)

    Blue Eye Tang (Ctenochaetus binotatus)
     Blue Eye Tang (Ctenochaetus binotatus). Greg Lopez

    The Blue Eye Tang (Ctenochaetus binotatus) is also known as the Two Spot Bristletooth Tang. Growing to a maximum size of 8″ and is aggressive towards other Tangs, but peaceful with other fish.

    Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus)

    Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus)
     Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus). Sammi Baker

    The Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus) is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and, in ancient times, was a delicacy and thus was considered to be “royal food”, only to be consumed by royalty. If a “commoner” was caught eating a Kole, that person would be executed.

    The Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus) grows to a maximum size of 8″ and is an excellent consumer of brown diatom algae.

    Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

    Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)
     Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles). Keoki & Yuko Stender

    The Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles) also known as the Red-tailed Surgeon, or Achilles Surgeonfish, is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and grows to a maximum size of about 9″. Normally found in the surge zones on the reef, it requires plenty of swimming room and a tank of at least 125 gallons for adults.

    Hybrid Achilles Goldrim Tang (Acanthurus achilles x Acanthurus nigricans)

    Hybrid Achilles Goldrim Tang (Acanthurus achilles x Acanthurus nigricans)
     Hybrid Achilles Goldrim Tang (Acanthurus achilles x Acanthurus nigricans). Keoki & Yuko Stender

    In the wild, both the Achilles and Goldrim Tangs prefer the highly oxygenated waters of the surge zone on top of the reef. They also prefer a habitat with plenty of hiding places. As with other Surgeonfish, they will tolerate other Tangs, but prefer to be with their own species. For more information on this rare hybrid fish see the Hybrid Achilles-Goldrim Tang Profile.

    Powder Brown Tang (Acanthurus japonicus)

    Powder Brown Tang (Acanthurus japonicus)
     Powder Brown Tang (Acanthurus japonicus). Dena Zingelewicz

    The Powder Brown Tang is a somewhat shy fish, the Powder Brown Tang should be provided with ample room to move around and lots of places to hide. Does best in a well established aquarium with an ample growth of algae present to graze on at its leisure. See the Powder Brown Tang Profile for more information.

    Pacific Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

    Pacific Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)
     Pacific Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus). John Di Genua

    The Pacific Blue (Hippo) Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) is a very active fish and should be provided with plenty of room to move around, and an ample supply of live rock to graze on at its leisure is beneficial. For more information on this beautiful fish, see the Pacific Blue Tang Profile.

    Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)

    Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)
     Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum). Darryl Craig

    The Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) is also known as the Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, and the Blue Surgeonfish. It was originally thought to be found only in the Red Sea, but it is now found in the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and in the waters off Sri Lanka. Growing to a maximum size of 10″, it requires plenty of swimming room in an aquarium, so a tank of 125 gallons or larger is recommended.

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