Lavender Tang (Acanthurus nigrofuscus)
Max Size: 8 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons
The Lavender Tang, also known as the Spot-Cheeked Surgeonfish, can be observed swimming in large schools throughout the reefs of the Central Pacific. This captivating fish exhibits a stunning color palette, featuring tones of lavender and tan. Its face is adorned with multiple eye-catching orange spots, which beautifully complement the rest of its body. The body, apart from the face, is covered in numerous small black spots, while the tail elegantly forks.
To provide ample space for the active nature of the Lavender Tang, a tank of at least 125 gallons is necessary. This will ensure plenty of room for swimming and exploration. The species prefers the presence of live rock in the aquarium, as it serves as a source of grazing and offers numerous structures for hiding and territorial behavior. While the Lavender Tang can be aggressive towards other Tangs and Surgeonfish, it generally exhibits a peaceful demeanor with other fish in the tank.
To maintain the health and well-being of Tangs, a balanced diet is of utmost importance. While they do consume meaty foods alongside other fish in the aquarium, incorporating marine-based seaweed and algae is crucial. This dietary addition strengthens their immune system, reduces aggression, and enhances their overall health. Offering dried seaweed tied to a rock or using a veggie clip allows easy access to these essential nutrients, and it is recommended to feed them at least 3 times per week. For this purpose, products like Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad, and Ocean Nutrition are ideal choices and are user-friendly for aquarium enthusiasts.