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Clown Surgeonfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Clown Surgeonfish
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The Clown Surgeonfish, also known as the Clown Tang, Lined Surgeonfish, or Blue-banded Surgeonfish, has horizontal blue striping on a bright yellow to orange background. It also has large peduncle spines.

A 150 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It requires very clean, properly oxygenated water. It is aggressive towards other Tangs, Surgeonfish, and fish with similar body shapes or feeding patterns.

The diet of the Clown Surgeonfish should consist of algae and vegetarian items such as Spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and dried seaweed.

Like other tangs and surgeonfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Anthias, Basslets, Blennies, Boxfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Eels, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Groupers, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Squirrelfish and Wrasse.

Fish Facts

Name: Clown Surgeonfish (Acanthurus lineatus)

Family: Acanthuridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 15 inches

Diet: Herbivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 150 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Group Spawner

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