Orange Stripe (Striatus) Bristletooth Tang (QUARANTINED)

Size: Small
Sale price$89.99
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Orange Stripe (Striatus) Bristletooth Tang
Moderate Semi-Aggressive Herbivore Yes

Approx: 5-6"

9.5" Red Sea
1.020-1.025 72-78F 8-12 8.1-8.4

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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Ctenochaetus striatus

The Orange Stripe Bristletooth, scientifically known as Ctenochaetus striatus, is a captivating and colorful fish species that belongs to the Acanthuridae family. This marine beauty is admired for its vibrant orange coloration, distinct stripes, and unique bristle-like teeth, making it a highly sought-after addition to reef or marine aquariums.

Originating from the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Orange Stripe Bristletooth showcases a striking combination of colors and patterns. Its body is elongated and laterally compressed, with a sleek profile, a pointed snout, and large, expressive eyes.

This species can reach an average length of around 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) when fully grown. Its body is predominantly covered in a bright orange color, with vertical black stripes running along its sides. These stripes give the fish its common name, the Orange Stripe Bristletooth, and add to its overall visual appeal.

One of the distinguishing features of the Orange Stripe Bristletooth is its unique bristle-like teeth, which are used to scrape algae off rocks and other surfaces. These teeth are located in a specialized protrusion called the "rostrum" on the fish's mouth. This adaptation allows the Orange Stripe Bristletooth to efficiently feed on various types of algae and other plant matter, making it an important species for maintaining a healthy aquarium ecosystem.

The Orange Stripe Bristletooth is known for its peaceful temperament and active swimming behavior. It gracefully moves through the water column, showcasing its vibrant colors and elegant movements. 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 Orange Stripe Bristletooth is primarily herbivorous, relying on a diet of algae and other plant matter. 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.

Maintaining optimal water conditions is crucial for the well-being of the Orange Stripe Bristletooth. It prefers 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 Orange Stripe Bristletooth is generally peaceful, it may exhibit territorial behavior towards similar-looking species or other tangs. It is recommended to provide ample swimming and territorial space, especially in larger aquariums. Introducing them to the aquarium as the last addition can help minimize aggression.

Overall, the Orange Stripe Bristletooth is a captivating and highly desirable addition to any reef or marine aquarium. Its vibrant orange coloration, distinct stripes, and unique bristle-like teeth make it a standout species that adds beauty and uniqueness to your underwater world. With proper care, a suitable environment, and a well-balanced diet, the Orange Stripe Bristletooth can thrive and become a mesmerizing centerpiece in your aquatic display.

Use caution when housing with other Tangs or Surgeonfish. Similar shaped Tangs can be very aggressive towards each other. Tangs require a natural diet of seaweed and algae, which can be fed to them tied to a rock or by use of a veggie clip. This should be a done a minimum of 3 times a week. Tangs will also enjoy meaty foods with the other fish in your aquarium.

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 of different species can typically get along if they are given ample living space and given that 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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