White Face Tang (Pale-Lipped Surgeon)


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White Face Tang (Pale-Lipped Surgeon)
CARE LEVEL TEMPERAMENT DIET
REEF SAFE
Intermediate Semi-Aggressive
Herbivore
Yes
PURCHASE SIZE MAX SIZE
ORIGIN
TANK SIZE

SMALL: 1-3"
MED: 3-4"
LARGE: 4-6"
XL: 6-8"+
XXL: 8" +

18"
Melanasia, Indonesia, Fiji
180g
SG
TEMPERATURE
dKH
pH
1.020-1.025 72-78F
8-12
8.1-8.4

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The White Face Tang (Acanthurus leucocheilus), also known as the Pale-lipped Surgeonfish, is a captivating and elegant marine fish highly sought after in the aquarium hobby. Characterized by its unique coloration, this tang boasts a grayish-blue body with a distinctively pale white face and lips. The dorsal and anal fins often exhibit a striking gradient of blue and yellow hues, adding to the fish's visual appeal.

Native to the Indo-Pacific region, particularly around coral reefs and lagoons, the White Face Tang is a hardy species that thrives in well-maintained saltwater aquariums. It prefers environments with ample swimming space and plenty of live rock for grazing on algae. Known for its peaceful yet active nature, this tang can coexist with a variety of tank mates, though caution should be taken when introducing other tangs or similarly shaped fish to avoid territorial disputes.

In the wild, the White Face Tang contributes to the health of coral reefs by feeding on algae, thus preventing overgrowth that can be detrimental to coral health. In captivity, a balanced diet rich in marine algae, seaweed, and high-quality marine pellets or flakes is essential for maintaining the fish's vibrant coloration and overall health. With proper care and attention, the White Face Tang can be a striking and lively addition to a home aquarium, providing both aesthetic beauty and ecological interest.

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.

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

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