Fish Guide

Gold Rim Tang   (Acanthurus nigricans)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Depth: 7 to 220 ft.   Size: 8.25 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Difficult   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Filamentous algae, zooplankton, detritus
Natural History: The Gold Rim Tang is found on rocky substrate areas of reefs with high water flow. It is reported to be monogamous. The closely related and much hardier Acanthurus japonicus has a larger white eye patch than Acanthurus nigricans.
Husbandry: The Gold Rim Tang is territorial after acclimating to an aquarium, especially with its own species. It is vulnerable to protozoan parasites and requires the best water quality. Even under the best aquarium conditions - plentiful supply of filamentous algae and excellent water quality - some specimens do not live long in captivity.

AKA: Powder Brown Tang, Gold-rimmed Surgeon, Whitecheek Surgeonfish

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