Convict TangFamily: Acanthuridae Acanthurus triostegusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Greg Rothschild
The hardiness and ease of maintenance make the Convict Surgeonfish a good addition to an aquarium for the budding marine enthusiast!
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- Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
- Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
The Convict Surgeonfish or Convict Tang is not as striking in coloration as many of the tangs you will see and so has not become as popular. However it has proven itself to be one of the easiest tangs to keep. It will quickly adapt to its environment and is quite hardy, a great fish for the beginner.
An adult Convict Tang can reach up to about 8 inches (20 cm). It is easily identified having a generally white body with six narrow black bars. The dorsal and caudal fin has a light yellowish-green cast.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Social Behaviors: Found in gigantic schools of up to 1000 fish in lagoons with a hard bottom or along outer reefs. Other herbivorous fish may school with them!
Breeding/Reproduction: Probably will not be accomplished in captivity. See the description in the Breeding Marine Fish page.