Clown Tang (Quarantined)

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Clown Tang
Moderate Semi-Aggressive

SMALL: ~2-3"
MEDIUM: ~3-4"
LARGE: ~4-5"

1.020-1.025 72-78F

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Acanthurus lineatus

The Clown Tang, scientifically known as Acanthurus lineatus, is a striking and highly sought-after fish species that belongs to the Acanthuridae family. This marine beauty is admired for its vibrant colors, unique patterning, and graceful swimming behavior.

Originating from the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Clown Tang showcases a captivating combination of bold horizontal stripes and vibrant blue and yellow shades. Its body is elongated and laterally compressed, with alternating blue and yellow stripes running along its sides. The tail fin is typically adorned with a bright yellow coloration.

This species has a moderate size, reaching an average length of around 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) when fully grown. Its body is predominantly blue, with bright yellow stripes extending horizontally from its head to its tail.

The Clown Tang is known for its active and agile swimming behavior, gracefully maneuvering through the water column. It requires ample swimming space and a well-established reef or marine aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and live rock formations to mimic its natural habitat.

When it comes to feeding, the Clown Tang is primarily herbivorous, feeding on various types of algae and seaweed in the wild. In a home aquarium, it should be provided with a varied diet consisting of high-quality marine-based foods, such as algae sheets, spirulina flakes, and other herbivore pellets or flakes. Supplementing their diet with fresh vegetables, like blanched spinach or seaweed, can also be beneficial for their overall health and well-being.

Providing optimal water conditions is crucial for the well-being of the Clown Tang. They prefer a well-maintained aquarium with stable water parameters, including a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C) and a pH level of 8.1-8.4. Regular water changes and the use of a good filtration system are essential to maintain water quality.

While the Clown Tang is generally peaceful, it may exhibit territorial behavior towards other tangs or similar-looking species. It is recommended to introduce them to the aquarium as the last addition to minimize aggression. Keeping only one Clown Tang per aquarium is usually advised, unless you have a very large tank with ample swimming and territorial space.

Overall, the Clown Tang is a captivating and highly desirable addition to any reef or marine aquarium. Its vibrant colors, unique patterning, and graceful swimming behavior make it a stunning centerpiece and a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts. With proper care, a suitable environment, and a well-balanced diet, the Clown Tang can thrive and become a mesmerizing addition to your aquatic display, adding beauty and elegance to your underwater world.

Use caution when housing with other Tangs or Surgeonfish. Similar shaped Tangs can be very aggressive towards each other. Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae.

Tang's can typically get along if they are not the same species and/or ample living space is provided given they are introduced at the appropriate size & time. The powder blue tang can be aggressive, especially when larger so often times it is the last fish that a reef keeper will add. 

For more information about this species and more visit our Marine Fish Care Blog.

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