Yellow Eye Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus)
Max Size: 7 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Ctenochaetus strigosus, known as the Striped Bristletooth or Goldring Bristletooth, is often referred to as the Kole Yellow Eye Tang, Yellow Eye Tang, or Yelloweye Surgeonfish, along with its close relative, the Spotted Bristletooth (C. striatus).
This fish exhibits an oval body shape with distinctive markings that undergo changes as it matures. During its juvenile stage, it displays a delightful yellow-gold to tan body color adorned with stripes and spots. As it reaches maturity, the body color darkens, transforming into an elegant brown hue with hints of blue to burgundy. Depending on its origin, it may showcase a pattern dominated by spots or stripes that accentuate its appearance.
To provide a suitable habitat for the C. strigosus, a spacious aquarium of 70 gallons or larger is necessary to allow ample swimming room. It is important to note that this species can be aggressive towards other Tangs, so it is best to house only one individual per tank. However, it is generally peaceful towards sessile invertebrates in a reef tank environment.
Ensuring a well-balanced diet is crucial for these Tangs. While they will consume meaty foods along with other fish in the aquarium, offering an abundance of marine-based seaweed and algae is essential for their overall health and well-being. Supplying dried seaweed tied to a rock or using a veggie clip is an effective feeding method, and they should be fed at least 3 times per week. Top-quality products like Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad, and Ocean Nutrition are highly recommended for their diet and are easy to use.
By adhering to these care guidelines, you can create a thriving environment for the Ctenochaetus strigosus, also known as the Striped Bristletooth or Goldring Bristletooth. Enjoy the beauty and fascinating behaviors of this captivating fish in your aquarium!