Powder Brown Tang



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The Powder Brown Tang, also known as the Powder Brown Surgeonfish, Japan Surgeonfish, and White-faced Surgeonfish, has a brown body with a white mark on the cheek between the mouth and eyes. The pectoral, anal, and dorsal fins are dark brown with light blue highlights at the tip. The dorsal fin also has an orange stripe present. The tail is blue with a yellow vertical bar. Yellow striping runs along the body, against the anal and dorsal fins, forming a wishbone-shaped marking.

A 70 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It is a very passive fish that will have trouble with other aggressive tangs. Keep only one per tank.

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 8"
Color Form: Red, Tan, Yellow
Diet: Herbivore
Origin: Indian Ocean
Family: Acanthuridae

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Steven Elleray December 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

This fish is mis-named for a start. I doesn’t look anything like a ‘tang. It does however have a similar fragrance.

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