The Striped Bristletooth Tang is commonly referred to as the Striated Surgeonfish, or Orange Lined Tang. With orange spots on the face and a forked tail, it makes a captivating addition to any tank. It is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room in the tank. The Striped Bristletooth Tang needs a well decorated aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, e.g. caves and crevices to give an opportunity to carry out its natural browsing behavior in captivity. It is considered one of the best fish for controlling nuisance algae in the aquarium. The Striped Bristletooth Tang is considered aggressive towards other tangs and surgeonfish, but peaceful with other fish. It chiefly feeds on meaty foods, and is important to feed them with plenty of marine based seaweed and algae. Feeding thrice a week is recommended for the Striped Bristletooth Tang?s continued good health. Having lots of rocks would encourage the growth of algae that allows it to forage in between the meals. The Striped Bristletooth Tang thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It should be kept in a tank not less than 75 gallons, because it is aggressive and territorial as well, and needs its own place to establish its territory. It is not advisable to keep The Striped Bristletooth Tang in the same tank with other Acanthurus tangs such as the Powder Blue Tang, Powder Brown Tang, etc. Apart from all these factors, if provided with stable water parameters, highly oxygenated water, high flow and a proper diet, the Striped Bristletooth Tang will make sure to stay healthy for a long time in your tank. Since the Striped Bristletooth Tang is a peaceful fish and does not bother any inhabitants, it is considered reef safe specie.
Other common name for this tang are; Striated Tang and Lined Tang.Great at controlling nuisance algae and it is rarely seen in the hobby.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.Needs a varied diet, including fresh macroalgae, Spirulina, dried seaweed , and enriched vegetable flakes and some meaty foods. Requires two or three feedings per day.In the wild this tang may grow to 10 inches in length.