Clown surgeonfish

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

  1. FAMILY - Acanthuridae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Acanthurus Lineatus

    COMMON NAME - Lined Surgeonfish (Clown Surgeonfish)

    SIZE - 15" (38 cm)

    RANGE - Indo Pacific

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 180 US Gal. (681 L)

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


    REEF COMPATIBILITY - Generally safe, will spend most of its time browsing on larger filamentous algae and small fleshy macroalgae. If under fed may nip at large polyped stonby corals.

    CAPTIVE CARE - Keep only one unless a very large tank is used over 180 US Gal. (681 L) where a small group may be kept. Can be aggressive if crowded, provide plenty of swim room, and a selection of herbivores fare. A well oxygenated tank is a must, may be aggressive to other tankmates of similar shape, color or conpeditors for food fare.

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