Powder brown surgeonfish

Species information for the Powder brown surgeonfish, in the Tangs category.

  1. FAMILY - Acanthuridae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Acanthurus Japonicus

    COMMON NAME - Powder Brown Surgeonfish

    SIZE - 8.3" (21 cm)

    RANGE - Western Pacific

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 75 US Gal. (284 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Varied diet of mostly vegetable matter, dried and frozen herbivore foods, marine algae, blue green 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 filamentous microalgae 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. Do not mix with more aggressive Acnathurids, provide plenty of hiding places and floating algae during acclimation, this fish can be a finiky eater, ships poorly, and should be acclimated carefully. A quiet tank will help in the acclimation process.

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