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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.
This is my first experience with a convict tang although I have had several tangs throughout the years. It has adapted well and loves to graze all day long. Seems to be a bit hyper, but that is ok with me. It gives the tank some action. I also have a Tomini tang and seems to be ok with him as well. It does not bother anyone in the tank and is of course coral safe. Seems to be a nice addition to my tank.
Beautiful tangs, they really added contrast & motion to the tank. Started eating pellets within hours of introduction. They can be mean to other tangs & even each other, even though they are big schoolers. Definitely get any amount all together. If u DO add more later, don't just add a single one, add multiple ones-but only if u have a big enough tank. If I had a big enough tank I would love to get a school of 5 or 6!