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Powder Blue Tang   (Acanthurus leucosternon)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean
Depth: 0 to 82 ft.   Size: 9 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 150+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Algae, zooplankton, detritus
Natural History: Powder Blue Tangs are found on clear reef flats and seaward slopes. It is sometimes found in large feeding schools on reefs, primarily grazing for algae. It's teeth are primarily adapted for grazing on filamentous and fleshy algae. It may also swallow sand to aid in algal digestion. Powder Blue Tangs are reported to be monogamous.
Husbandry: Powder Blue Tangs will likely be intolerant of any other Acanthurus tang as an adult. A varied diet is essential. If underfed, it may bite at the polyps of stony corals.

AKA: Powderblue Surgeonfish

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