Clown Tang

Clown Tang

The Clown Tang is also known as the Lined Surgeonfish or Blue-banded Surgeonfish, and is categorised as a beautiful and peaceful fish that suits almost any large community marine aquariums. This fish is native to reefs across the Indo-Pacific, and is a very active swim loving fish that also likes to relish a good hiding location amongst live rock.  

Since the Clown Tang is extremely active it requires ample room to roam around the home aquarium in order to maintain optimum health. Additionally, it is important to note that the Clown tang is not as susceptible to catching white spot, ich and other skin parasites. 

Many hobbyists suggest that though the Clown Tang is said to be very peaceful towards most tankmates, it may become aggressive towards those of its own species. However, many have had success keeping multiple specimen through introducing the desired amount at once into the aquarium system. 

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 clip, and feed at least 3 times per week.

Minimum Tank Size600 Litres
Care Level: Expert Only
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 72-78
Max. Size: 1' 3"
Colour Form: Blue, Orange, Yellow
Diet: Herbivore
Family: Acanthuridae
Origin: Fiji, Maldives, Vanuatu

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. The Clown Tang is a very active and colorful fish. It added color and seems to keep the other fish active in the aquarium. I would only recommend this fish to people that have other aggressive fish and put time into keeping their water quality top notch. This fish is a good eater once settled in the aquarium. Try to make this fish your last pick so it does not become too territorial.

  2. I have a small 3″ clown tang, they are a great fish to watch, very active around the tank. Eats well and is relatively peaceful when compared to my other tangs. Make sure you add a clip of seaweed in a few times a week, as this tank absolutely loves it, and it really brings out its colours.

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