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Tangs & Surgeonfish
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Sri Lanka, Indo-Pacific, Red Sea
Other Common Names
Doublebanded Surgeonfish, Leutenant Surgeonfish, Vampire Surgeonfish
The Tennenti Tang begins life as a rather drab juvenile but will gain beautiful coloration once it has reached adulthood. The Tennenti tang is similar to the Dussumier Tang in itís need for ample swimming space and through oxygenation of the water as this species also gets quite large. Often purchased to assist in algae control, Tennenti Tangs will spend their day picking at rockwork and occasionally sand in search for hair algae to eat. They have a well known reputation for being voracious hair algae consumers.
In the wild, Tangs spend their entire day swimming around on the reef in search of marine algae and meaty bits of food they can find. If underfed, it is often noted that tangs will likely pick at large polyp stony corals. It is recommended to feed dried marine algae (Nori), Spirulina Flakes, and frozen mysis shrimp. Tangs quite easily adjust to captive diets and will eventually eat flake and pellet foods as well. It is recommended to soak flake food in some type of vitamin supplement like Selcon or a garlic supplement in order to help the fish fight off any possible parasite infestation and offer balanced nutrition.
Tennenti Surgeonfish, Small: over 2-2.5", Sri Lanka
Tennenti Surgeonfish, Medium: over 2.5-4.5", Sri Lanka
Tennenti Surgeonfish, Large: over 4.5-6.5", Sri Lanka
Due to availability and individuality of each species, colors and sizes may vary.
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