Tangs, also known as surgeonfish, are a highly popular species of saltwater aquarium fish. They are characterized by their laterally compressed bodies and scalpel-like spines. Most tang species are vibrantly colored and make for visually stunning additions to an aquarium. One of the most popular species of tang is the royal blue tang, which was featured in the hit Disney animationFinding Nemo. Tangs, also known as surgeonfish, are a highly popular species of saltwater aquarium fish. Tangs originate primarily in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Almost all species of tang are vibrantly colored and come in bright shades of red, yellow, blue, green, purple, brown and black. Most species of tang reach anywhere between 6-12 inches when fully grown and should therefore be housed in sufficiently large aquariums. The royal blue tang can in fact grow up to 16 inches in length and requires extremely large housing. The tang aquarium should be decorated with abundant hiding places as well as ample swimming space.
Tangs are also highly susceptible to disease and require extremely stable water conditions. They can easily fall sick when tank conditions decline. When introducing tangs to an aquarium it is very important to quarantine them for at least two weeks to ensure that they are disease free. Frequent water changes and an excellent filtration system are a must. Tangs are generally a peaceful species of fish and make excellent additions to most community aquariums. Fish that have established themselves in the aquarium for some time can however turn aggressive towards new tank mates. Therefore it is advisable to change an aquarium’s décor when introducing new fish to an aquarium with an established tang.
The Bristletooth Tomini Tang, Flame Fin Tomini Tang, or Tomini Surgeonfish is an excellent, reef safe, utilitarian species. They will spend their day grazing on rock work, helping to keep nuisance algae under control. This group will finish quarantine on 10/12. Please contact us to make shipping arrangements on or after 10/12