Achilles Tang
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  • Achilles Tang

  • Acanthurus achilles

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  • Tank Size: 180 Gallons
    Tempermant: Semi-aggressive
    Maximum Size: 9"
    Coloration: Black, Brown, Orange, Red
    Diet: Herbivore
    Regions Found: Hawaii
    Reef Compatible: Yes
    Experience Level: Expert
    Guarantee: DOA Guarantee Only
    Water Conditions: 74-82° F, SG 1.020-1.027, PH 7.9-8.5
    Other Names: Achilles Surgeonfish, paku‘iku‘i
  • Description
  • The Achilles Tang is one of the most beautiful and prized of all the surgeonfish. Achilles Tangs have a round black body with a very distinct orange spot and orange tail. Achilles Tangs also have their fins lined in brilliant electric blue.

    Achilles Tangs reach a fully mature size of around 9 inches and require a tank that is at least 180 gallons. Achilles Tangs are extremely strong swimmers and need a tank that is long and has tons of swimming room. Achilles Tangs are found in surge zones in Hawaii, so it is extremely important that you have a very high water flow rate in your tank.

    Achilles Tangs are 100% reef safe fish and will not bother other fish, coral or inverts in your tank. There will be issues if you try to keep multiple tangs together in the same tank. Tangs are aggressive to other tangs, Achilles Tangs are no exception. Achilles Tangs will be overly aggressive to other Acanthurus tangs as well. If you want to keep multiple tangs together, it is suggested that you keep them in large tanks and try to introduce them at the same time.

    Achilles Tangs are known as ich magnets, and it is rare to receive an Achilles Tang that is 100% ich free. For this reason is it a must to quarantine Achilles Tangs before adding them to your display tank. Also once your Achilles Tang is ich free, adding additives to their food like selcon and garlic will help keep their immune system strong and ward off disease.

    Achilles Tangs are herbivores and require a diet rich in green foods. Foods such as nori, algae sheets, high quality pellet and flake foods, spirulina and mysis shrimp will help your Achilles Tang grow and thrive.

    If you have any questions about the Achilles Tang and if it’s the right fish for your tank, please feel free to contact us at any time.

    Small: Up to 3", Small / Medium: Over 3-3.75", Medium: Over 3.75-4", Medium / Large: Over 4-4.5", Large: Over 4.5-5", Extra Large: Over 5-6", Extra Extra Large: Over 6-7", Show Size: Over 7-8", Jumbo: Over 8"
 
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