Fish Guide

Clown Tang   (Acanthurus lineatus)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 0 to 50 ft.   Size: 15 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Algae, crustaceans
Natural History: The Clown Tang is found in haremic groups in outward reef surge zones. It is aggressive and will defend a feeding and reproductive territory on the reef.
Husbandry: The Clown Tang is an active swimmer, almost always in motion, and requires large tank spaces to thrive in captivity. It should only be housed with other tangs in HUGE aquaria. Juveniles are solitary and very secretive, hiding among coral and rubble. Its caudal spine is one of the largest Acanthurid spines and this species generally does not hesitate to use it. The spine is venomous and this fish should be handled with care.

AKA: Clown Surgeonfish, Lined Surgeonfish, Blue-banded Surgeonfish

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