Powder Blue Surgeonfish
Alternative Name(s): Powder Blue Tang
Scientific Name(s): Acanthus leucosternon
Category: Marine Fish
Maximum Size: 30cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 450 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 100 Gallon
Water Temperature Range: 24-27°C

General Information: The Powder Blue Surgeonfish has the steeply rising forehead and oval body typical of the genus. Black head, blue body, yellow dorsal/anal fins. Small pinched-in mouth. They occur in large colonies in the wild, but are not seen in colonies in captivity as they can squabble.
Tank Requirements: SALINITY SG: 1.024 - 1.026
Diet Requirements: Varied diet, mainly vegetable matter e.g. marine algae and spirulina. Will take lettuce leaves, brocolli, dried seaweed and courgette. Feed 2-3 times a day.
Compatibility: Generally reef safe as it prefers microalgae and fleshy algae. Ideal for community/reef tanks, but may be aggressive towards its own kind.
Recommendations: UV light to help prevent Ich. Keep only one fish unless in a large aquarium where you may be able to add one other Tang/Surgeonfish - with caution.
Common Problems: Susceptible to Ich (whitespot). When buying look for "pinched-in" bodies which are an indication of under-feeding.
Similar Species: Tangs
Sexing: Sexually dimorphic. Males are considerably smaller than females.
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