Surgeonfish aka Tangs

Achilles Tang

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Acanthurus achilles


Max Length: 9.4 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Black Sailfin Tang

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Zebrasoma rostratum


Max Length: 8.5 inch


Range:  Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Blue Eye Tang

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Ctenochaetus binotatus


Max Length: 8 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Brown Sailfin Tang

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Zebrasoma scopas


Max Length: 16 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Caribbean Blue Tang

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Acanthurus coeruleus


Max Length: 14 inch


Range: Atlantic


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Caribbean Reef Tang

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Acanthurus chirurgus


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Atlantic


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Chevron Tang

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Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis


Max Length: 9.5 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Clown Tang

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Acanthurus lineatus


Max Length: 13.5 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Convict Tang

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Acanthurus triostegus


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Dusky Tang

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Acanthurus nigrofuscus


Max Length: 8 inch


Range: Red Sea


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Elongate Tang

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Acanthurus mata


Max Length: 18 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Fiji White Tail Tang

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Name White Tail Bristletooth Tang

Scientific Name Ctenochaetus flavicauda

Min Aquaria Volume 300L

Max Size 18cm 7.1''

Aquarium Compatibility Reef Safe

Temperament Can be Semi-Aggressive 

Diet Herbivore

Care Moderate

Origin Tahiti Islands

Notes A Rare and Expensive Species

Fine Lined Tang

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Ctenochaetus striatus


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Freckle Face Tang

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Acanthurus maculiceps


Max Length: 16 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Gem Tang

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Zebrasoma gemmatum


Max Length: 7 inch


Range: Indian Ocean


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Gold Rim Tang

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Acanthurus japonicus


Max Length: 5.5 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Gold Rush Tang

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Ctenochaetus tominiensis


Max Length: 6.5 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Half Black Mimic Tang

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Acanthurus pyroferus


Max Length: 8 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Horse Shoe Tang

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Acanthurus fowleri


Max Length: 18 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Humpback Tang

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Naso brachycentron


Max Length: 27.5 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Indian Sailfin Tang

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Zebrasoma desjardinii


Max Length: 16 inch


Range: Indian Ocean


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Lemon Peel Mimic Tang

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Acanthurus pyroferus


Max Length: 8 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Lipstick Tang - Indian Ocean

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Naso elegans


Max Length: 17.5 inch


Range: Indian Ocean


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Lipstick Tang - Pacific Ocean

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Naso lituratus


Max Length: 17.5 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Mustard Tang

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Acanthurus guttatus


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Orange Face Tang

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Acanthurus bariene


Max Length: 17.5 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Orange Shoulder Tang

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Acanthurus olivaceus


Max Length: 14 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Pacific Sailfin Tang

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Zebrasoma veliferum


Max Length: 12 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Pencilled Tang

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Acanthurus dussumieri


Max Length: 20 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Pin Striped Tang

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Acanthurus nubilus


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Powder Blue Tang

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Acanthurus leucosternon


Max Length: 9.1 inch


Range: Indian Ocean


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Powder Brown Tang

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Acanthurus nigricans (glaucopareius)


Max Length: 5.5 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Red Stripe Mimic Tang

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Acanthurus tristis


Max Length: 8 inch


Range: Indian Ocean


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Regal Tang

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Paracanthurus hepatus


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Silver Spot Tang

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Acanthurus cf strigosus


Max Length: 16 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Sohal Tang

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Acanthurus sohal


Max Length: 16 inch


Range: Red Sea


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Spotted Tang

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Naso brevirostris


Max Length: 19.5 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Vampire Tang

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Acanthurus tennentii


Max Length: 12.5 inch


Range: Indian Ocean


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Vlamingi Tang

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Naso vlamingii


Max Length: 21.5 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

White Face Tang

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Name White Face, White Spine, Pale Lip Tang

Scientific Name Acanthurus leucocheilus

Min Aquaria Volume 900L

Max Size 45cm 17.7''

Aquarium Compatibility Reef Safe

Temperament Can be Semi-Aggressive 

Diet Herbivore

Care Moderate

Origin Indo - Pacific

White Tail Tang

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Acanthurus thompsoni


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Indo - Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Yellow Eye Tang

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Ctenochaetus strigosus


Max Length: 7 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Yellow Fin Tang

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Acanthurus xanthopterus

Max Length: 20 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Yellow Sailfin Tang

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Zebrasoma flavescens


Max Length: 8 inch


Range: Pacific


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

Yellow Tail Purple Sailfin Tang

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Zebrasoma xanthurum


Max Length: 10 inch


Range: Indian Ocean - Red Sea


Feeding: Varied diet ~ Mostly herbivorous  


Aquarium Compatibility: Reef Safe with caution ~ may nip at coral polyps

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