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yellow-eyed tang fish
Yellow-eyed Tang ~ Kole Tang

A favorite for reef aquariums, the Yellow-eyed Kole Tang eats differentalgaes than other surgeonfish and has a subtle beauty all it’s own! The Yellow-eyed Kole Tang juvenile starts out all yellow. Adults are reddish brown with very thin, pale blue, horizontal lines that run the length of the fish. The face has small pale blue […]

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Purple Tang

   Beauty and brawn!  The Purple Tang as beautiful as it is hardy, and quite mellow if given the proper tank size!    Probably one of the most recognizable fish, the Purple Tang has a bluish purple body that almost glows when well fed!  They also have a yellow tail fin and yellow on the tips […]

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Juvenile Sailfin Tang
Sailfin Tang

The Sailfin Tang is a hardy, attractive tank buster that can hold its own and rivals the Lipstick Naso Tang in size! The juvenile Sailfin Tang starts out life with a bright yellow body, narrow grayish black vertical bars on the body and two vertical black bars on the face.  As they age, the bright […]

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Elongate Unicornfish
Elongate Unicornfish

Though still quite rare, the Elongate Unicornfish or Lopez’s Unicornfish is becoming a bit more common in pet stores. The fish seen in the picture above has been keep for over six years! The Elongate Unicornfish is elongated, thus the name, in comparison to other tangs.  They are iridescent grayish-blue on the top part of […]

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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!    Tiny babies under 2.5 to 3″ are usually all yellow with subtle bright blue edging on the fins.  By 2.5 to 3″ they start changing, developing a slightly […]

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Powder Blue Tang

One of the most beautiful and sought after tangs, the Powder Blue Tang has strict yet doable requirements for long term success.      The Powder Blue Tang is a deep bodied, flat, oval shaped fish with the ability to swim very fast.  They are a powder to medium blue on their bodies with a […]

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Gold-rimmed Tang in the tank
Gold-rimmed Tang

The Whitecheek Tang is a voracious algae eater… quite beneficial to a productive reef with lots of algae growth! The Gold-rimmed Tang Acanthurus nigricans is a handsome fish. It has a disk shaped body with a brownish to black color, though on occasion it will quickly become yellow on the back half. It has white […]

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sleek unicornfish
Sleek Unicornfish

The oxymoron of unicornfish, neither the male nor the female Sleek Unicornfish will develop horns, however their very cool black tongue and “safer” tail spines make up for this! The Sleek Unicornfish is a very large, yet elegant tang that can be grayish brown to greenish brown with a more pale version of those colors […]

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Indian Gold Ring Bristletooth

   Check out those kissy marks on the glass!  No, your bristletooth is not in love with you, but it is in love with the algae it’s eating!    The Indian Gold Ring Bristletooth or Spotted Yellow Eye Tang has a unique coloration. It closely resembles the Yellow-eyed or Kole Tang, C. strigosus, being ‘yellow-eyed’ […]

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Powder Brown Tang

The Powder Brown Tang is on many aquarist’s search list because of its beauty and nice personality! The Powder Brown Tang Acanthurus japonicus is a handsome fish with very nice markings. Its black dorsal and anal fins have a beautiful blue edging. A red band marks the back of the dorsal fin and yellow stripes […]

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