Clown Tang - Acanthurus lineatus - Clown Surgeonfish - Lined Surgeonfish
Clown Tang - Acanthurus lineatus The Clown Surgeonfish, also known as the Clown Tang, Lined Surgeonfish, or Blue-banded Surgeonfish, has horizontal blue striping on a bright yellow to orange background. It also has large peduncle spines. A 150 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 Clown tang aggressive towards other Tangs and may be harassed by its own species, but is peaceful and sessile invertebrates. It is best to house only one specimen per tank. Maximum Size:
This species grows to 15 inches in length. General Size:
This Clown Tang is about nine to eleven inches in length. Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
A 150 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Clown Tang . Tank Conditions:
The Clown Tang should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023. Habitat:
The Clown Tang occurs in Hawaiian waters, but the distribution of this species extends from Hawaii southward to central Polynesia and westward through Micronesia and Melanesia, but it apparently does not extend to the Philippine Islands and indo-pacific region. Feeding and Diet: The Clown Tang fish is a herbivore. Its main diet consists of marine algae, having an unusually long digestive tract to digest the plant matter they eat. They are constant feeders and in nature spend most of their day grazing. A habitat with algae growth is good for them, which in turn helps to keep the algae in an aquarium cropped and in check.