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Lavender Tang
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Lavender Tang (Acanthurus nigrofuscus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Orange, Purple, Tan
Diet Herbivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 8"
Origin Hawaii
Family Acanthuridae
Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
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The Lavender Tang, also known as the Spot-Cheeked Surgeonfish, travels in large schools on the reefs of the Central Pacific. This beautiful fish is colored in tones of lavender and tan, and has multiple orange spots on the face. The orange spots give away to many small black spots covering the rest of the body, and the tail is forked.

A 125 gallon aquarium or larger is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. Live rock is preferred by this species for grazing, and will provide plenty of structure for hiding places and territories. It is aggressive toward other Tangs and Surgeonfish, but peaceful with other fish.

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/4" to 2-1/4" ; Small/Medium: 2-1/4" to 3-1/4" ; Medium: 3-1/4" to 4-1/4" ; Medium/Large: 4-1/4" to 5-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Dave Davis Chesapeake , VA

My lavender tang adjusted very well to my tank, and started eating immediately. It is a very nice fish and has been cooperating very well with its tank mates.
Cayse Powell Crestwood , KY
With its endearing character and simple beauty, this tang is certainly a keeper. The Lavender is a hardy species and readily accepts most foods. It will devour Seaweed Selects as well as meaty foods. It also enjoys a fairly turbulent tank with clean water. If you have a love for surgeons or even an algae problem, I would definitely recommend the Lavender.
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