Flamefin Tomini Tang (Ctenochaetus tominiensis)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 10 to 148 ft. Size: 7 in. Jumps: No Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Algae, zooplankton, detritus
Natural History: Flamefin tomini tangs are normally found as solitary individuals, less frequently in small groups. It favors coral rich drop-offs where it grazes for macroscopic algae. It is not territorial like Acanthurus tangs and is much less aggressive as an adult. This species has individual bristle-like movable teeth that it uses to scrape algae from surfaces.
Husbandry: Feed the Flamefin Tomini Tang a varied diet for best success. Some aquarists regard the this tang to be the most difficult of the Ctenochaetus tangs to keep in captivity, recognizing that this group is generally hardy in captivity.
AKA: Tomini Bristletooth Tang, Tomini Bristletooth Surgeonfish, Tomini Surgeonfish
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