Clown Tang (Acanthurus lineatus) Care
The Clown Tang, Acanthurus lineatus, is also known as the Lined Surgeonfish and Lined Tang. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a white body with bright horizontal yellow stripes that are lined with thinner blue stripes and a white belly. Tangs are also known as surgeonfish because they have a scalpel-like spine at the base of the tail, be sure to handle them with care!
Tangs are herbivores and require a diet rich in foods such as macroalgae, dried seaweed, and enriched vegetable flakes. They should be fed a couple of times a day. Despite being herbivores, they will happily eat meaty foods fed to other tank inhabitants.
Clown Tangs can reach up to 15″ and require an aquarium of at least 250 gallons with strong water flow and lots of swimming area. They will be peaceful with almost all fish EXCEPT other tangs. If you want to add multiple tangs to a tank, it is best to add them at the same time so none of them have pre-established territories.
They are reef safe.
NOTE: Tangs are very susceptible to getting ich; always quarantine them before introducing them to your main tank.