Achilles surgeonfish

Species information for the Achilles surgeonfish, in the Tangs category.

  1. FAMILY - Acanthuridae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Acanthurus Achilles

    COMMON NAME - Achilles Surgeonfish

    SIZE - 9.4" (24 cm)

    RANGE - Indo Pacific

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 100 US Gal. (379 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Varied diet of mostely vegetable matter, feed dried and frozen herbivore foods. Marine algae, blue green alga spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce sushi nori (dried seaweed). Feed 3 times a day.


    REEF COMPATIBILITY - Generally reef safe, browses on filamentous microalgae, small fleshy macroalgae, may nip at large polyped stony corals if under fed.

    CAPTIVE CARE - A large aquarium with plenty of swim room is a plus, turbulent water flow, can be aggressive towards own kind and other acanthurids. Keep only one per system, will spend a large part of its day grazing and must be provided daily feeding of vegetable matter and marine algae.

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    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 6, 2014
    jhnrb, Jul 10, 2009