Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Thompson's Surgeonfish, Acanthurus thompsoni
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Thompson's Surgeonfish
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Thompson's Surgeonfish (Acanthurus thompsoni)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Purple, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 11"
Origin Indonesia
Family Acanthuridae
Minimum Tank Size 250 gallons
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Overview

Be the first to showcase this unique import in your home aquarium! Named for Bishop Museum artist and technician John W. Thomson, Thompson's Surgeonfish (Fowler 1923), is a plankton-eating tang with a uniformly dark brownish-purple body and pale yellow accents highlighting its fins and tail.

When planning your aquarium, keep in mind that in the wild, Thompson's Surgeonfish are found schooling in steep outer reef slopes and drop-offs over coral and sand. They prefer feeding on large gelatinous zooplankton, fish eggs, and crustaceans. Provide plenty of water movement and aeration to best replicate their natural habitat.

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 Seaweed Selects are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

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

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