White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth

Size: Med
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White Tailed Bristletooth
Moderate Peaceful Herbivore

SM: 1-2"
MED: 2-4"
LARGE: 4-6"

Indo Pacific, Red Sea, Africa 100g
1.020-1.025 72-78F

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Ctenochaetus flavicauda

The White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth, scientifically known as Ctenochaetus flavicauda, is a stunning and captivating fish species that belongs to the Acanthuridae family. This marine beauty is highly sought after by aquarium enthusiasts for its striking colors, unique appearance, and beneficial algae-eating habits.

Originating from the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth stands out with its vibrant yellow body, contrasting black markings, and a distinct white tail. Its eyes are a mesmerizing shade of yellow, adding to its overall beauty.

This species has a relatively larger size compared to other tangs, reaching an average length of around 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) when fully grown. Its body is elongated and laterally compressed, with a small mouth and a prominent snout. The White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth is also characterized by the presence of bristle-like teeth in its mouth, which it uses to graze on algae.

The White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth is highly valued for its algae-eating capabilities, making it an excellent addition to a reef or marine aquarium. It actively consumes various types of algae, including filamentous, hair, and nuisance algae, helping to control and maintain a healthy balance in the tank. However, it is important to supplement their diet with high-quality marine-based foods, such as seaweed, spirulina, and other algae-based pellets or flakes, to ensure proper nutrition.

This species is generally peaceful and can be kept in community aquariums with other non-aggressive fish species. However, it is recommended to provide ample swimming space and hiding spots, such as live rock or coral formations, to mimic their natural habitat and offer them a sense of security.

Providing optimal water conditions is crucial for the well-being of the White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth. 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.

Overall, the White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth is a captivating and beneficial addition to any marine aquarium. Its vibrant colors, unique appearance, and algae-eating habits make it a popular choice among hobbyists. With proper care, a suitable environment, and a well-balanced diet, the White Tail Yellow Eye Bristletooth can thrive and become a stunning centerpiece in your aquatic display, contributing to the health and beauty of your underwater world.

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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