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Powder Brown Tang - Acanthurus japonicus - Powder Brown Surgeon

Powder Brown Tang - Acanthurus japonicus - Powder Brown Surgeon
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Aquarium suitability:
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Minimum tank size:
75 Gallon
Maximum size:
8.3 inches
Reef compatibility:
Herbivore, Greens, Pellet, Flake
West Pacific
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The Powder Brown Tang, also known as the Powder Brown Surgeonfish, Japan Surgeonfish, and White-faced Surgeonfish, has a brown body with a white mark on the cheek between the mouth and eyes. The pectoral, anal, and dorsal fins are dark brown with light blue highlights at the tip. The dorsal fin also has an orange stripe present. The tail is blue with a yellow vertical bar. Yellow striping runs along the body, against the anal and dorsal fins, forming a wishbone-shaped marking.

Though the Powder Brown Tang, looks very much similiar to the A. nigricans, this tang will show a pronounced "white-face" and a red stripe on it's top (dorsal) fin, which will be lacking on the other. Both can be shy when introduced to the aquarium and will require suitable hiding places to refuge in if threatened. The Powder Brown Tang can be finicky when it comes to adjusting to eating prepared foods, so a tank with a flourishing algae crop or live rock will ensure it gets enough to eat during the acclimation process. Like most tangs, this species can be aggressive toward surgeonfish tankmates once it acclimates, especially members of its own kind. So keep only one Powder Brown Tang per aquarium. This species is a generally hardy and inexpensive!

Maximum size: The Powder Brown Tang grows upto 10 inches.

General size: This fish generally comes in size of 1 to 6 inches.

Minimum Tank Size: A 45 gallons or larger aquarium provides good environment for Powder Brown Tang’s.

Tank Conditions: The Powder Brown 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 Powder Brown Tang’s natural distribution is in the West Pacific Ocean in clear reef settings in Hawaii and other nearby areas.

Feeding and Diet: The diet of the Powder Brown Surgeonfish should consist of freeze-dried worms, brine shrimp, algae, and vegetarian items such as Spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and dried seaweed.

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