Fish Guide

Two Spot Bristletooth   (Ctenochaetus binotatus)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 26 to 174 ft.   Size: 8.5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 70+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Easy   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, zooplankton, detritus
Natural History: Two Spot Bristletooth Tangs are found in coral-rich and rubble areas of lagoons and seaward reefs. Two Spot Bristletooth Tangs differ between juvenile and adult stages. Juvenile Chevron Tangs have a yellow tail fin while adults have a brown tail with a blue ring around their eyes. This species feeds on the toxic dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus toxicus which makes the flesh of this tang species toxic. This tang has comb-like teeth that it uses to scrape microscopic algae from rock.
Husbandry: The Two Spot Bristletooth Tang is peaceful with most other unrelated species but will likely be aggressive with other tangs. It primarily feeds on filamentous algae, but a varied diet that includes some type of meaty food is essential.

AKA: Blue-eye Kole Tang

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