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Convict Tang
Acanthurus triostegus
Convict Tang
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Size: 2-3 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe:
Diet: Algae, Flake, Pellet
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gallons
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The Convict Tang is also commonly referred as the Convict Surgeonfish. It features a stunning white to silver body highlighted with six vertical black bars that adds a captivating addition to any tank. The Convict Tang features peduncle spines near the tail in a small size, unlike other tangs which has bigger spines. It requires at least a 35 gallon aquarium as it needs an area to swim. The Convict Tang should not be housed with other tangs, but can lives peacefully with the same specie fish, i.e. other Convict Tangs, if introduced at the same time. It does not have any distinguishing characteristics that can differentiate males from females. The Convict Tang is very difficult to breed in captivity because it remains in the planktonic stage for months, and are in constant danger from filters. It is mainly a herbivore and feeds on meaty foods as well. It is also important to provide them plenty of marine based seaweed and algae. The Convict Tang should be fed at least three times per week with dried seaweed tied to a rock. Since it does not bother any tank inhabitants or corals, it is considered a reef compatible fish. The Convict Tang thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4.
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The Convict Tang is a silvery color with vertical bands of black giving the appearance of jailhouse bars. These Tangs are docile and do well in a community or reef tank.The Surgeonfish family consists of fish which are colorful, thin-bodied, and usually have an oval shape. These fish have long continuous dorsal and anal fins and crescent tailfins. The scalpel at the base of their tailfin is very sharp and is used by the fish for protection from predators as well as a way of establishing itself with other fish. These fish are usually seen at reefs eating algae all day long.
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