Lined Tang ~ Blue-lined SurgeonfishFamily: Acanthuridae Acanthurus lineatusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Greg Rothschild
With whimsical colorful stripes, their unique markings give them the name Clown Tang, Lined Tang, or Blue-lined Surgeonfish!
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- Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
- Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
With the upper three quarters of its body being banded alternately with black-edged blue and yellow stripes, the Clown Tang or Lined Tang is truly a unique and intriguing looking tang. Unfortunately this most unusual looking fish has a reputation for being hard to keep in captivity.
The Clown Tang gets rather large, reaching 11 inches (28 cm) as adults. They also have a reputation for being quarrelsome with each other and other fish. They can be aggressive and territorial so only keep one per aquarium.
For more Information on keeping marine fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Marshall Island Large Clown Tang, Lined Tang, Acanthurus lineatus
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Video in a temporary holding tank to show the size and beauty of the Clown Tang.
One thing nice about this video is that we get such a good look at the Clown Tang! The beautiful multicolor stripes, white belly and lemony yellow fins! These are wonderful tangs with high energy, needing a tank that is at least 250 gallons that is highly oxygenated and very clean! These tangs are for experts only due to their need to be in a very clean tank with serious water movement and filtration that can rival their massive output of poo! The Marshall Islands Clown Tang has a different coloring.
Sri Lanka, Clown Tang - Lined Tang (Acanthurus lineatus)
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Insanely beautiful Clown Tang from Sri Lanka in acclimation basket.
The Clown Tang or Lined Tang, Acanthurus lineatus, comes in various color morphs depending on location. This beautiful fish is from Sri Lanka and has much more blue and what looks like even green and orange in their coloring which is different from the yellow and blue Marshall Island variant. If you have a 250 gallon tank or larger with great filtration, low nitrates, serious oxygenation, and you are an expert aquarist, I highly suggest picking one up! The basket is used for several days to acquaint the fish with others in the tank and make sure it is feeding properly before adding to the main display. GORGEOUS!
Breeding/Reproduction: Probably will not be accomplished in captivity. See the description in the Breeding Marine Fish page.