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Orange Shoulder Tang
Acanthurus olivaceus
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 4-5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe:
Diet: Pellet, Flake, Greens
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons
  
  

The Orange Shoulder Tang is commonly referred to as the Orangeshoulder Surgeonfish, Orangeband Surgeonfish, or Orange-epaulette Surgeonfish. It is a large beautiful fish and is one of the easiest surgeonfish that can be cared for by intermediate fish keepers. The Orange Shoulder Tang is very sensitive before it has established itself in the aquarium. It drastically changes its appearance when it matures. The Orange Shoulder Tang is one of the most friendly surgeonfish specie that usually shows less aggression towards other fish. If you want to keep more than one in the same aquarium you should ideally get juvenile specimens and introduce all of them to the aquarium at the same time. The Orange Shoulder Tang is considered a good fish for a community tank. It is reef safe species as long as it is well fed. The Orange Shoulder Tang may nip over the corals when hungry but usually do not hurt invertebrates. Since it doesn?t produce mucus to protect itself against skin ailments, it is prone to attract marine ich. The Orange Shoulder Tang should be housed in an aquarium with plenty of hiding places and plenty of free space for swimming. It is very sensitive towards rapid changes in the water parameters. The Orange Shoulder Tang is an herbivore and should be fed a diet containing vegetables and some meaty foods. It prefers to graze upon the rocks that are covered with algae. The Orange Shoulder Tang should be fed at least thrice a day for its continued good health.

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