Animal Stories - Orangespot Surgeonfish

Animal-World Information about: Orangespot Surgeonfish

An often overlooked large tang with a beauty that is unique, a passive nature (for most) and a hardy Acanthurus, the Orangespot Surgeonfish is worth considering!
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BARRY GALLIVAN - 2006-01-29
I have a beautiful tang! It skims bubbles off the surface and passes them through his gills. He is kept and has been kept with a sailfin tang in my 135 gal for two years now. He is my favorite fish!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-22
    I bet he's a great fish to keep. I haven't kept this particular Tang, but surgeonfish in general are some of my very favorites. I have a Bristletooth Tomini Tang (Ctenochaetus tominiensis) and he's awesome:)
pat - 2009-12-14
The Orange Shoulder is a great addition to a fish only or reef tank. This is my second one (sold a previous one when I moved and couldnt take along my 120 gallon)and both have had the same great personality traits. They are inquisitive and intellegent; will eat from your hand and actually recognize you. I've had guests at the house and the tang was apprehensive in coming out from his rock work because he didn't 'recognize' the new face in his world. They will stay in or circle the end of the tank that you may be sitting at (surely waiting for some little 'treat' from you). I haven't found them to be aggressive to any other fish or tang for that matter, even though e is the biggest in the tank (approximately 6"). He will ocassionally 'spread his fins' as he passes others at times, but hasn't used his tail agressively with any other inhabitants. As a previous post mentioned, they will eat anything! If its in the water, they'll eat it. My tang actually over-indulges at times .. as I've seen him actually regurgitate algae after gorging himself on it! Very hardy, very personable .. an excellent choice for your tank!

Juan - 2008-10-13
I currently have an orange shoulder and a powder blue and asside from the initial introduction they get along just fine. The my orange shoulder is a very confident docile fish.

stuart - 2008-07-24
I wonder if you would be able to keep an orange spot together with a powder blue.

jamey - 2006-09-23
I have nine tangs in my 600 gal aquarium, two of which are orange shoulder tangs. They are the most docile and peaceful fish, very beautiful as well. Both get along exceptionally well, actually they are inseperable. A wonderful fish to keep and watch grow.

Urey W. Patrick - 2004-02-24
I have kept one of these orange-shoulder tangs for the past four years. I think it is probably one of the hardiest tangs I have ever kept - the fish eats greedily - flakes, brine shrimp, blood worms, pressed alga sheets, silver sides - whatever is in the water. It is a very easy keeper - very docile temperament. I have never seen this fish aggressive against others, or hostile to new additions to the tank - unlike my yellow tang who is very territorial. I would recommend acquiring a juvenile, and then you have the pleasure of watching it metamorphose into the adult coloration.

The fish will utilize the entire tank - constantly swimming and exploring. I have not seen mine graze - they seem to feed just on what I put in the water, plus the pressed alga held in a clip. They prefer green over brown or red. I have had one in a 75 gallon, moved to a90 gallon, and now have a young one in my 130 gallon. This is a great fish to add to your tank - and reef safe, in my experience.