The Clown Tang is an active as well as a beautiful species, which makes a valuable addition to any tank. With its striking color form consisting of varied shades, it makes a captivating addition to any tank. The Clown Tang is known to be a territorial species, and as it grows it shows its aggressive behavior and suggested to be kept singly in the tank. It should be housed in an aquarium of 60 gallons and must be provided with plenty of open swimming space as well as a large amount of live rock for algae grazing as well as shelter and territory. The Clown Tang requires moderate water movement with excellent water quality, and strong biological and mechanical filtration is recommended with the addition of an efficient protein skimmer. Because of their sharp spines, it's not recommended to net this Clown Tang species as it can become stuck and may become injured or stressed, instead a container should be used to carry this fish. It is herbivores and mainly eats marine algae and vegetable matter within its natural habitat. Although, the Clown Tang also grazes on any filamentous algae within the aquarium, it should be fed at least twice a day for its continued good health. The Clown Tang thrives well in a temperature range of 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. Since it leaves ornamental invertebrates alone, it is considered reef safe species.
Clown Tangs usually appreciate some sort of hiding place in their aquarium. Often, rocks or coral are used to create such a sanctuary. These items may also aid in providing algal growth for your Clown Tang to feed on. These fish are grazers in nature, eating constantly. In captivity it is best to introduce them only into well-developed systems. Because of their size and temperament, Clown Tangs are not recommended for beginning marine aquarists. They tend to have fairly high mortality rates for captive tangs.At maturity, many Clown Tangs reach lengths of ten to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters). The mouth of the Clown Tang is relatively small, and its body is compressed laterally. The lower area of the body is a lighter shade of yellow, which usually darkens toward the top of the fish. This coloration may vary according to external stimuli. The pelvic fins are also yellow. Light blue lines run longitudinally across the Clown Tang's body. These stripes are nicely defined, outlined in a darker shade.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, ElitePhoto, Jerry Hague.