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Chocolate Surgeonfish

posted: 05/15/12
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The Chocolate Surgeonfish, also known as the Mimic Surgeon, or Mimic Lemon Peel Tang, has a yellow oval body when a juvenile. It has blue highlights around the eyes and gill covers, mimicking the Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus). (Many of the Acanthurus sp. mimic angelfish.) When mature, the body color darkens towards tan with red highlights forming around the eyes and pectoral fins. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins take on the hues of green but remain tipped with the tan body color.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium is adequate to provide plenty of swimming room. It is aggressive towards other Tangs, Surgeonfish and fish with similar body shapes and color.

The diet consists of eating algae and vegetarian items such as Spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and dried seaweed.

Fish Facts

Name: Chocolate Surgeonfish (Acanthurus pyroferus)

Family: Acanthuridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 8 inches

Diet: Herbivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 55 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Group Spawner

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