Lieutenant Tang


Scientific Name: Acanthurus tennenti
Family: Acanthuridae
Color: blue, grey, yellow

Fish Care

Fish Diet: herbivore
Aggressiveness: With Same Species
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 200 gal
Max Size: 12"
Relative Care: intermediate


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.