Surgeonfish aka Tangs

Achilles Tang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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