Lieutenant Tang


Fish Type: Tangs


Scientific Name: Acanthurus tennenti


Species: Acanthuridae

Color: blue, grey, yellow
Aggressiveness: With Same Species
Diet: herbivore
Max Size: 12"
Minimum Tank Size: 200 gal
Relative Care: intermediate
Photo Courtesy of Pieces of the Ocean

Lieutenant Tangs are aggressive towards other tangs, but not towards other species. They require a large aquarium with sufficient liverock to hide behind and around, and should be fed at least 3 times a week. They will pick hair algae off of rocks, but may pick at large polyp stony corals if underfed. Supply nori seaweed to help keep it healthy and stay resistant to diseases. This species looks rather drab as a juvenile, but gains lovely coloration as it matures.

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