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Yellow Mimic Tang - Juvenile
Acanthurus pyroferus
Yellow Mimic Tang - Juvenile
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Size: 2-4 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe:
Diet: Pellet, Brine, Greens
Origin: Hawaii, Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
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The Yellow Mimic Tang is also commonly known as Mimic Lemon Peel Tang, Yellow Mimic Tang and Mimic Surgeon. In its juvenile stage, it exhibits a bright yellow colored circular body that adds a splash of vivid yellow to your tank. This Juvenile Yellow Mimic Tang fish shows dimorphism that is it changes its body color as it grows mature. Often it tries to mimic the pygmy angelfish such as Centropyge eiblii, C. flavissimus, or C. vroliki and hence it is named appropriately as the Juvenile Yellow Mimic Tang. It does so to camouflage itself to protect themselves from predators. As the Juvenile Yellow Mimic Tang matures, it uses its spines on the tail as its defense mechanism. It is mostly found singly unlike other members of the tang family, which is mostly found in groups. Since the Juvenile Yellow Mimic Tang is quite easy to maintain and hardy in nature, it becomes a good choice for a beginner to moderate aquarist. It is a peace loving fish and do not bother any other tank inhabitants. It is a reef compatible fish. Younger Juvenile Yellow Mimic Tang can be kept in a group but as it grows it attains the territorial behavior and becomes aggressive. It requires a tank with ample space to swim and lots of hiding place to hide when frightened or sleeping. The Juvenile Yellow Mimic Tang can be fed with marine based seaweed and algae to enhance the immune system, and should be kept in a tank not less than 35 gallons. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4.
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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 tail fins. 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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