Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: White Tail Bristletooth Tang, Ctenochaetus flavicauda
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White Tail Bristletooth Tang
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White Tail Bristletooth Tang (Ctenochaetus flavicauda)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Orange, Red, White
Diet Herbivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6½"
Origin Tahiti
Family Acanthuridae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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Overview

The White Tail Bristletooth Tang hails from the pristine waters of Tahiti in the South Pacific. This spectacular fish boasts a vibrant red body with orange spots on its head streaming into lines along the body, contrasting sharply against a creamy white tail. The outer part of the eye is ringed in bright yellow. Ctenochaetus Tangs have a protruding mouth with bristle-like teeth they can move individually in order to sift, sort, and scrape in search of food.

A 70 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It is aggressive towards other Tangs and may be harassed by its own species, but is peaceful with other fish and sessile invertebrates.

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. These are great fish for controlling algae in the saltwater fish or reef aquarium.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1.5" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Medium/Large: 4" to 5" Large: 5" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Tonya Clark Oklahoma City , OK
I received a very healthy specimen. This is a very active fish, sifting sand and eating algae. Very nice coloration.
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