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SW Fish Profiles

Discussion in 'Profiles' started by Rbishop, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Rbishop

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    Acanthurus achilles

    Scientific Name: Acanthurus achilles

    Common Names: Achilles Surgeonfish (Achilles Tang)

    Care Level: Relatively demanding

    Adult Size: 9.4in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Indo- Pacific

    Temperament/Behaviour: Can be very aggressive and will often terrorise other acanthurids.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 130 gal (379l)

    Narrative: Generally reef safe. An attractive fish, but one of the more-demanding members of the Acanthurus clan. Needs a large aquarium, plenty of unobstructed swimming room, and prefers turbulent water flow. In a small tank, it will nervously pace back and forth along the front of the tank and gradually pine away. Keep singly unless the system is very large.


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    Acanthurus coeruleus

    Scientific Name: Acanthurus coeruleus

    Common Names: Atlantic Blue Tang (Blue Tang)

    Care Level: Easy

    Adult Size: 9.1in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Tropical Atlantic

    Temperament/Behaviour: Usually well-behaved in larger tanks, it can be belligerent in smaller tanks. Best kept singly, but small groups can be housed in extra-large aquariums.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 75 gal (284l)

    Narrative: Generally reef safe. Browses on filamentous microalgae and small fleshy macroalgae. If underfed, an occasional individual may nip at large-polyped stony corals. Juveniles are yellow overall with a blue ring around the eye and blue trim on the median fins. Adults are blue overall, although the intensity of the blue can vary depending on the individual’s mood. Some adults may also have a yellow tail.

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    Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis

    Scientific Name: Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis

    Common Names: Black Surgeonfish (Chevron Tang)

    Care Level: Relatively Easy

    Adult Size: 11.0in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Central Pacific

    Temperament/Behaviour: It is not an overly aggressive fish and will usually coexist easily with most tankmates. Exceptions include members of its own species and close relatives.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 100gal (379l)

    Narrative: generally reef safe. From a radiant juvenile with a blue herringbone pattern on an orange background, this surgeonfish grows into a dark olive-brown adult with thin lines on the body. Keep only one specimen per tank. It is likely to be picked on by other surgeonfishes. Spends a major part of its day grazing, so vegetanle matter must be introduced daily in an aquarium without microalgae.

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    Acanthurus pyroferus

    Scientific Name: Acanthurus pyroferus

    Common Names: Chocolate Surgeonfish (Mimic Surgeonfish, Chocolate Yellow Mimic Tang)

    Care Level: Relatively easy

    Adult Size: 9.8 in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Indo-Pacific

    Temperament/Behaviour: Moderately aggressive but keep just one specimen (of the same colour) per tank.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 75gal (284l)

    Narrative: generally reef safe. Browses on filamentous microalgae and small fleshy macroalgae. If underfed, an occasional individual may nip at large-polyped stony corals. Juveniles of this species mimic either the Lemonpeel Angel (Centropyge flavissima) or the Halfback(C. vroliki) Angelfish. The more-palatable surgeonfish thus resembles the spiny and less-appetizing angelfish. As it grows larger than the angelfish model, it begins to develop adult colouration. Juveniles tend to be durable and do well in a medium-to large-sized aquarium.

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    Acanthurus tristis

    Scientific Name: Acanthurus tristis

    Common Names: Indian Ocean Mimic Surgeonfish (Mimic Tang)

    Care Level: Easy

    Adult Size: 9.8in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Indian Ocean

    Temperament/Behaviour: Not overly aggressive, except toward members of its own kind.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels,

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 75gal (284l)

    Narrative: generally reef safe. Browses on filamentous microalgae and small fleshy macroalgae. If underfed, an occasional individual may nip at large-polyped stony corals. Juveniles of this species mimic Eibl's Angelfish (Centropyge eibli). The relationship, like those of the Chocolate Surgeonfish (A.pyroferus) and its Centropyge models, is Batesian. (The juvenile surgeonfish avoids predation because it resembles the less-palatable angelfish.) This is a desirable species that can be housed in an aquarium as small as 75gal (284l).


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    Zebrasoma desjardinii

    Scientific Name: Zebrasoma desjardinii

    Common Names: Indian Ocean Sailfin Tang (Red Sea Sailfin Tang, Desjardini Sailfin Tang, Desjardini Tang, Desjardin's Surgeonfish

    Care Level: Relatively easy

    Adult Size: 15.7in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Central and South Pacific

    Temperament/Behaviour: It is the least feisty member of the family, although it may behave aggressively toward conspecifics.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue-green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 135gal (511l)

    Narrative: generally reef safe and desirable. Browses on filamentous microalgae and small fleshy macroalgae. If underfed an occasional individual may nip at large-polyped stony corals. One of the best choices for controlling undesirable filamentous algae in the reef aquarium; an occasional individual will even eat nuisance bubble algae.


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    Acanthurus triostegus

    Scientific Name: Acanthurus triostegus

    Common Names: Convict Surgeonfish (Convict Tang)

    Care Level: Easy

    Adult Size: 10.2in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Indo-Pacific

    Temperament/Behaviour: Peaceful

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels, other Acanthurids such as Naso and Zebrasoma.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 75gal (284l)

    Narrative: generally reef safe. Browses on filamentous microalgae and small fleshy macroalgae. If underfed, an occasional individual may nip at large-polyped stony corals. This is the pacifist of the surgeonfish clan. Endowed with a small caudal spine, it is one of the least aggressive Acanthurus spp. Rarely bothers heterospecifics. Juveniles, especially, may squabble with each other. To keep more than one subadult or adult, add them simultaneously. Groups make very pleasing displays in public aquariums and very large home systems. They are more likely to be bullied by other acanthurids, and it is best to keep them with acanthurids from other genera.


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    Ctenochaetus striosus

    Scientific Name: Ctenochaetus strigosus

    Common Names: Goldring Bristletooth (Yelloweye Bristletooth, Yelloweye Surgeonfish, Kole’s Tang)

    Care Level: Relatively Easy

    Adult Size: 7.1in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Indo- Pacific

    Temperament/Behaviour: This is not an overly aggressive fish and will usually not bother fish tankmates, with the possible exception of close relatives. Conspecifics will battle each other, and it is best to keep only one specimen per tank.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 75gal (284l)

    Narrative: generally reef safe. Subtly handsome with a gold ring around the eye, adults of this species collected in the Indian Ocean bear spots, while Pacific specimens show distinct stripes. Juveniles of both forms are a bright yellow that gradually fades to a less-flamboyant brown. It is likely to be picked on by more aggressive surgeonfishes. Does best in a tank with a healthy growth of microalgae to satisfy its constant grazing.


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    Acanthurus lineatus

    Scientific Name: Acanthurus lineatus

    Common Names: Lined Surgeonfish (Clown Surgeonfish, Clown Tang)

    Care Level: Relatively easy

    Adult Size: 15.0in

    pH Range: 8.1 – 8.3

    Temperature Range: (F/C) 77-79F/25-26C

    Specific Gravity/Hardness Range: 1.023-1.026

    Origin/Habitat: Indian Pacific

    Temperament/Behaviour: Relatively Aggressive. Will attack other species with similar food habits or shape.

    Compatible Tank mates: Clowns, Blennies, Gobies, Angels.

    Diet: Varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue green alga Spirulina. Supplement with pieces of zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce and sushi nori (dried seaweed).

    Tank Size For Adult: 180gal (681l))

    Narrative: Generally reef safe. Browses on filamentous microalgae and small fleshy macroalgae. If underfed, an occasional individual may nip at large-polyped stony corals. This species is at the top of the aggressive acanthurus hierarchy. It has a larger caudal peduncle spine than almost all other surgeonfishes-and a hair-trigger willingness to use it. Avoid keeping with other members of the family, except in a huge aquarium. Very active; needs lots of unobstructed swimming room and clean, highly oxygenated seawater.


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