Fish Guide

Orange Shoulder Tang   (Acanthurus olivaceus)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, Pacific Ocean
Depth: 10 to 151 ft.   Size: 14 in.   Jumps:    Space: 135+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Surface detritus, diatoms, filamentous algae
Natural History: The Yellow Shoulder Tang is found in bare rock or rock rubble and sandy reef areas. Juveniles are found singly or in small groups in more protected areas such as bays and lagoons. Adults are found singly or in schools. Juveniles are entirely yellow but develop the orange spot as they become adults.
Husbandry: The Yellow Shoulder Tang is less aggressive than many others of the Acanthurus genus. It should be housed in an aquarium with live rock and a healthy growth of algae. It's diet should be supplemented with Nori or Spirulina. It is generally peaceful with unrelated tankmates. It should be housed singly as it may be aggressive with its own species.

AKA: Orangespot Surgeonfish

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