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Mimic Lemon Peel Tang
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Mimic Lemon Peel Tang (Acanthurus pyroferus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, 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 8"
Origin Fiji, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
Family Acanthuridae
Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
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The Mimic Lemon Peel Tang, also known as the Mimic Surgeon, or Chocolate Surgeonfish, has an oval, yellow body while a juvenile. It has blue highlights around the eyes and gill covers, mimicking the Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus). (Many of the Acanthurus sp. mimic angelfish.) When mature, the body color darkens towards tan with red highlights forming around the eyes and pectoral fins. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins take on the hues of green but remain tipped with the tan body color.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with large amounts of live rock is necessary to provide both plenty of swimming room, and territories within the live rock. It is aggressive towards other Tangs and Surgeonfish, but is 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. These are great fish for controlling algae in the saltwater fish or reef aquarium.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 2-3/4"; Large: 2-3/4" to 3-1/2"; Adult: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Small/Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/4"; Medium: 3-1/4" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Rachelle B San Francisco , CA
Mine isn't aggressive at all. In fact she was being chased and harassed by my sailfin tang. I have her in another tank while I try some re-aquascaping to see if that helps ease the sailfin's aggression towards the lemon peel.
William H Olympia , WA
Semi aggressive may be a bit of an understatement. Having a juvenile in my display for only 3 weeks I added a Flame fin tang of the same size. The Lemon peel (Chocolate) tang shredded the Flame fin in minutes. I blacked out the tank 100% using cardboard sheets for 24 hours. As soon as I removed the cardboard the Lemon peel (Chocolate) resumed the viscous attack. The Flame fin was saved to another tank and IF I ever catch the Lemon he'll be evicted until he can play nice.
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