Brown Scopas Tang - Zebrasoma scopas - Brown Tang - Two-Tone Sailfin Tang
Medium 2" - 3"
Large 3" - 4"
The Scopas Tang, also known as the Brown Scopas Tang is yellow, dorsally, and brown, ventrally. These colors gradually get darker from front to back. The body is covered with fine, intricate, light blue markings. The tail is a solid brown color. Juveniles are a little more attractive, with larger dorsal and anal fins and a slightly purplish body color.
A 75 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It is aggressive towards its own species or tangs in general, and best kept with only one per tank
This fish often looks like a brown version of the yellow tang, . The Brown Scopas Tang, or Brushtail Tang has a general coloration that is a yellowish brown body with tiny pale blue dots all over. On rare occasions there are mutations with several different color splotches across the fish.
Maximum Size: This species grows to 12 inches in length.
General Size: This Brown Scopas Tang is about eight to nine inches in length.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested: A 75 gallon or larger aquarium provides a good environment for these Brown scopas Tang .
Tank Conditions: The Brown Scopas Tang should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023.
Habitat: The Brown Scopas Tang occurs in Hawaiian waters, but the distribution of this species extends from Hawaii southward to central Polynesia and westward through Micronesia and Melanesia, but it apparently does not extend to the Philippine Islandsand central and south pacific.
Feeding and Diet: The Brown Scopas Tang fish is a herbivore. Its main diet consists of marine algae, having an unusually long digestive tract to digest the plant matter they eat. They are constant feeders and in nature spend most of their day grazing. A habitat with algae growth is good for them, which in turn helps to keep the algae in an aquarium cropped and in check.
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