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Clown Tang
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Clown Tang (Acanthurus lineatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Orange, Yellow
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 1' 3"
Origin Fiji, Maldives, New Caledonia
Family Acanthuridae
Minimum Tank Size 250 gallons
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The Clown Tang, also known as the Clown Surgeonfish, Lined Surgeonfish, or Blue-banded Surgeonfish, has horizontal blue striping on a bright yellow to orange background. It also has large peduncle spines.

A 250 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It requires very clean, properly oxygenated water. It is aggressive towards other Tangs, Surgeonfish, and fish with similar body shapes or feeding patterns.

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: 1-1/2" 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"; Large: 5-1/4" to 6-1/4" X Large 6-1/4" to 8-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Mike P Aurora , IN
The Clown Tang is a very active and colorful fish. It added color and seems to keep the other fish active in the aquarium. I would only recommend this fish to people that have other aggressive fish and put time into keeping their water quality top notch. This fish is a good eater once settled in the aquarium. Try to make this fish your last pick so it does not become too territorial.
Shane S Parker , CO
Great hardy fish. Fun personality. But super mean. Mine took on all my other oval shaped tangs. Even ones that were twice it's size. Make sure you add this fish last if at all with other round shaped tangs.
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