Powder Brown Tang (Quarantined)

Size: Medium
Sale price$149.99
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Powder Brown Tang
Moderate Semi-Aggressive
SMALL 2-3"
MED 3-4"
LRG 4-5"
1.020-1.025 72-78F

Only after passing a minimum four week quarantine and a five point inspection for overall health, appetite, coloration, energy and demeanor will the best, most healthy specimens be taken to the Salty Lagoon holding system! These fish are guaranteed to be among the most healthy available for sale online. So much so that any purchases from this category are backed by a Live-Arrival 7 Day Guarantee!

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Acanthurus japonicus

The Powder Brown Tang, scientifically known as Acanthurus japonicus, is a stunning and popular fish species that belongs to the Acanthuridae family. This marine beauty is highly regarded for its striking colors, graceful movements, and unique appearance.

Originating from the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Powder Brown Tang showcases a beautiful combination of brown, yellow, and white hues. Its body is elongated and laterally compressed, with a distinctive powder brown coloration covering most of its body. The edges of its fins are highlighted with vibrant yellow, adding to its overall visual appeal.

This species has a relatively larger size compared to other tangs, reaching an average length of around 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) when fully grown. It has sharp spines on the base of its tail, which are used for protection and territorial displays.

The Powder Brown Tang is known for its active and energetic swimming behavior, gracefully gliding 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 Powder Brown 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 Powder Brown 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 Powder Brown 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 Powder Brown Tang per aquarium is usually advised, unless you have a very large tank with ample swimming and territorial space.

Overall, the Powder Brown Tang is a captivating and sought-after addition to any reef or marine aquarium. Its striking colors, graceful movements, and unique appearance make it a desirable choice among aquarium enthusiasts. With proper care, a suitable environment, and a well-balanced diet, the Powder Brown Tang can thrive and become a mesmerizing centerpiece in your aquatic display, adding elegance and beauty 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.

It is well known that tangs have a penchant for Marine Ich and other diseases due to their lack of slime coating. We highly encourage quarantining all fish, but especially Surgeon Fish. We do our best to quarantine all fish at Reef Chasers but there can be absolutely no guarantees.

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. 

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

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