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Powder Brown Tang

posted: 05/15/12
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Powder Brown Tang
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The Powder Brown Tang, also known as the Powder Brown Surgeonfish, Japan Surgeonfish, and White-faced Surgeonfish, has a brown body with a white mark on the cheek between the mouth and eyes. The pectoral, anal, and dorsal fins are dark brown with light blue highlights at the tip. The dorsal fin also has an orange stripe present. The tail is blue with a yellow vertical bar. Yellow striping runs along the body, against the anal and dorsal fins, forming a wishbone-shaped marking.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It is a very passive fish that will have trouble with other aggressive tangs. Keep only one per tank.

The diet of the Powder Brown Surgeonfish diet should consist of freeze-dried worms, brine shrimp, algae, and vegetarian items such as Spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and dried seaweed. Feed three times daily.

Fish Facts

Name: Powder Brown Tang (Acanthurus japonicus)

Family: Acanthuridae

Range: West Pacific

Size: Up to 8 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: 75 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Group Spawner

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