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Gold Rim Tang
Acanthurus nigricans
Gold Rim Tang
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Size: 3.5-4.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Moderate
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Greens, Brine, Flake, Pellet
Origin: Hawaii
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
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The Gold Rim Tang is also commonly known as the whitecheek surgeonfish and powder gray surgeonfish. Although it is one of the smallest surgeonfish, it is recommended for intermediate and advanced marine fish keepers. The Gold Rim Tang is sensitive to water variations, and can be susceptible to marine ich. Its beautiful body color combination adds a splash of vibrant colors to your tank. The Gold Rim Tang is one of the most aggressive surgeonfish, and therefore should be kept separate from other tangs. It is very aggressive towards similar shaped fishes, surgeons, or tangs, and is considered best to keep it with other aggressive species. The Gold Rim Tang can be considered reef safe only if it is fed properly, else it nips over the corals and can pick at large polyp stone corals. It should not be kept in a tank less than 55 gallons, and the tank should be decorated with live rocks, suitable sized caves and overhangs. The Gold Rim Tang loves to swim throughout and thrives well in strong and rapid water movements and well oxygenated water, along with 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and 8.1-8.4 pH. The Gold Rim Tang is mainly a herbivorous fish that feeds on algae. It can be fed spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and dried seaweed. The presence of live rocks are necessary in a home tank setup, which encourages algae growth and provides the Gold Rim Tang a place to graze on if it gets hungry in between feedings. The diet can also be combined with other meaty foods to provide it with protein. The Gold Rim Tang has not been bred in the home aquarium.
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The Gold Rim Tang is also known as a Whitecheek Tang for it has a small white mark on the cheek between the mouth and eyes. Its body is brown overall with white colored tail and a vertically yellow bar. The pectoral, anal, and dorsal fins are dark blue with blue highlights at its tips.Once established, these fish do very well in an established tank with lots of live rock and swimming room. Keep only one per tank. These fish can be fragile and do not like to be abused by other fish. They are voracious algae eaters.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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