Whitecheek Tang
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Whitecheek Tang
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Whitecheek Tang (Acanthurus nigricans)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 8"
Color Form Black, Purple, Yellow
Diet Herbivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Hawaii, Indonesia
Family Acanthuridae
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The Whitecheek Tang, also known as the Gold-rimmed Surgeonfish or Whitecheek Surgeonfish, has a black to purplish-blue body with a small white mark on the cheek between the mouth and eyes. The pectoral, anal, and dorsal fins are dark blue with blue highlights at the tip. The tail is blue with a yellow vertical bar. A yellow striping runs along the body, against the anal and dorsal fins, forming a distinctive wishbone-shaped marking.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium is adequate to provide plenty of swimming room. It is aggressive towards other Tangs, but peaceful with other fish in the tank.

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: 2" to 2 1/2"; Small/Medium: 2 1/2" to 3" Medium: 3" to 4"; Medium/Large: 4" to 5"; Large: 5" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Arash N Irvine , CA
Stunning! This was my first online order for a fish and was VERY please. Fish arrived in PERFECT condition, not one flaw. This is bad news for my local fish store - I will defiantly be shopping again.
Elliott P Atlanta , GA
Absolutely gorgeous fish. Arrived in perfect condition and was eating algae sheets, pellets and Rod's Food the next day. My Coral Beauty Angel tried to push this guy around the first day or so, but he quickly asserted himself and is now the clear king of the tank. Gets along perfectly with the Sailfin and Blond Naso Tang I ordered at the same time, and pays no attention to the clowns, blenny and cardinals.
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