Clown Tang - Acanthurus lineatus

Clown Tang - Acanthurus lineatus

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Clown Tang (Acanthurus lineatus): A Colorful and Active Addition to Your Marine Aquarium

Introducing the Clown Tang, a vibrant and energetic fish that adds a splash of color and activity to your marine aquarium. With its striking appearance and lively swimming behavior, this species is sure to captivate the attention of any saltwater enthusiast.

Key Features:

1. Vibrant Coloration: Marvel at the vibrant coloration of the Clown Tang. This species boasts bold horizontal stripes alternating between bright blue and yellow, giving it a striking and unmistakable appearance. Its vibrant colors are sure to stand out in any reef or fish-only marine setup.

2. Active Swimmer: Admire the Clown Tang's active swimming behavior. These fish are constantly on the move, exploring every nook and cranny of the aquarium in search of food and social interaction. Their energetic presence adds movement and liveliness to any marine environment.

3. Algae Grazers: Appreciate the Clown Tang's role as a natural algae grazer. With their voracious appetite for algae, these fish help to control and prevent algae growth in the aquarium, contributing to a cleaner and healthier ecosystem.

4. Temperament: Clown Tangs are one of the more aggressive species of tangs, and are considered semi-aggressive. It's best to keep them in tanks without similarly shaped Acanthurus tangs, though this can be accomplished if you add them to your display last.

Care Instructions:

  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate to advanced. Clown Tangs require a well-established marine aquarium with stable water parameters and ample swimming space. 

  • Aquarium Size: Provide a spacious aquarium of at least 200 gallons to accommodate the Clown Tang's active swimming behavior and territorial nature. A larger tank may be necessary for multiple tangs or if keeping with other aggressive species.

  • Water Parameters: Maintain stable water conditions with a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C), pH level of 8.1-8.4, and specific gravity of 1.020-1.025. Regular water changes and diligent maintenance are essential for their health and well-being.

  • Feeding: Offer a varied diet consisting of high-quality marine-based foods, including algae sheets, pellets, flakes, and frozen preparations. Supplement their diet with occasional offerings of fresh or frozen meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and finely chopped seafood.

Maximum Size: Clown Tangs typically reach a maximum size of approximately 15 inches (38 cm) in length.

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