Mustard Guttatus Tang - Acanthurus guttatus The Mustard Guttatus Tang comes in an oval to circular shape with an attractive grayish coloured body. The grey coloured stripe at the front portion of its body adds to its beauty. This is brilliantly complimented with white spots, usually found on the back half. As The Mustard Guttatus Tang grows in course of time, the more prominent stripes and spots of the young fish fades away. Though The Mustard Guttatus Tang is a very common fish, itÍs rarely seen. This is mainly due to their strange habitat behaviour.Hence not much information is available about this species. They hide under shallow reefs to protect themselves from predators. The Mustard Guttatus Tang is venomous and so not fit for human consumption. Incase of any ingestion of its flesh immediate medication is needed. The Mustard Guttatus Tang is a very active hardy fish which requires lot of space and water. Like any other member of the Tang family these are great community loving salt water fish. Hence, it is observed that The Mustard Guttatus Tang swims about shoals. But in a small tank owing to their aggressive nature are violent towards not only with other species but also fish of same family and sex .For this reason they are also known as "Fish with a flick-knifeî. Since the major reason of dispute is territory space it is always advisable to provide a large aquarium. The Mustard Guttatus Tang should always be kept in quarantine for at least a couple of weeks to protect them against any infection, when introduced in a tank When frightened, strained or attacked by predators these fish extend their sharp blade like spines on their tail outwards. So be careful while handling this fish. Maximum Size:
It can grow up to a maximum size of about 12 inches. General Size Specifications:
A small sized Mustard Guttatus Tang fish usually comes in the size of 1 to 2 inches, medium variety 3 to 4 inches and the larger ones ranging from 5 to 6 inches. Minimum Tank Size:
The Mustard Guttatus Tang usually prefers to have a tank of not less than 100 gallons with lot of space to hide and swim. Habitat:
Range: Mexico Indo-West Pacific: oceanic islands in the western Indian Ocean to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Tuamotu Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia and Rapa Feeding and Diet:
The Mustard Guttatus Tang fish is basically a herbivore and likes to feed on Dried Seaweed (best), marine algae mysid shrimp, Spirulina, Romaine Lettuce (blanched), fresh seaweed, and other meaty treats.