Reef Safe Aquarium Fish - Tangs
Tangs in the Reef Aquarium
description: Tangs are in the family
of Acanthuridae which
includes approximately 80 species.
means thorn tail, and these fish
can be easily identified
by the sharp spines found on both
sides of their tails. Their
fins are lengthy, extending
along the majority of their bodies.
These fish are
brightly colored and are very popular in reef
their natural lifestyle involves them living among
Living conditions: Tangs are very susceptible to disease when in an aquarium, so it is important to maintain clean living conditions and provide enough algae for the fish to feed upon. Be attentive with the specie of tang you select for your aquarium as some tangs can grow up to two feet in length; they’ll require enough space to both swim and hide. Shelter can be provided in the form of numerous corals or lofty ledges. Warning: Tangs are generally aggressive. Depending upon the species, they may be aggressive to newly introduced fishes, members of their own kind, or all other tank inhabitants. It is recommended that tangs be introduced to a tank after all other inhabitants have been introduced as the other inhabitants may have already established dominance.
Feeding: They have small mouths that house a single row of teeth that are used for grazing on algae. To maintain a sufficient supply of algae, it is recommended that tangs be placed in a tank that has a sump or refugium.