Lavender Tang

Lavender Tang
Latin name:
(Acanthurus nigrofuscus)

Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Semi-aggressive

Color(s)

Black, Orange, Purple, Tan

Diet

Herbivore

Preferred Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Avg. Max Size

8″

Minimum Tank Size

125 gallons

Family

Acanthuridae
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This unique species of fish, the Lavender Tang, is an impressive sight to behold on the reefs of the Central Pacific. Its beautiful coloration of lavender and tan, combined with its multiple orange spots on the face and small black spots covering the body, is truly remarkable. The forked tail adds an additional level of distinction to the fish, making it easily recognizable among the schooling species. The Lavender Tang is a well-known member of the Spot-Cheeked Surgeonfish family, and can usually be found in large schools on the reefs of the Central Pacific. It is a highly sought-after fish among aquarium hobbyists and professional aquarists alike. Taking proper care of this species requires special attention, as its needs are similar to other saltwater fish.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium is essential for a healthy environment for this species, as it provides a substantial amount of swimming room. Live rock is the preferred choice for grazing, as it also gives the fish plenty of hiding places and territories. This species is aggressive towards Tangs and Surgeonfish, however it is peaceful with other fish. With the right environment and care, this species can thrive and live a long, healthy life. It is also important to ensure that the aquarium has adequate filtration and water quality is maintained. Regular water changes are essential to the health of the fish.

Tangs are a carnivorous fish, so it is important to offer them plenty of marine based seaweed and algae to help 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 three times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad, and Ocean Nutrition are all great products to give Tangs, and are very easy to use.

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