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Naso Tang

   Displaying some very unique and conspicuous features, the popular Naso Tang is one of the most attractive surgeonfish!    The name ‘Naso Tang’ simply describes its genus while its other common names, the Lipstick Tang or Orangespine Unicornfish, touch on its outstanding appearance. Orangish lips and a pair of spines surrounded by a bright […]

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Clown Tang

   With whimsical colorful stripes, their unique markings give them the name Clown Tang, Lined Tang, or Blue-lined Surgeonfish!    Clown Tangs are blue with yellow and black-edged blue stripes that run horizontally on the body, head and face.  Their belly is grayish white, with their fins having fainter yellow and blue stripes that make […]

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Convict Surgeonfish

The hardy Convict Tang makes a good aquarium addition for the budding marine enthusiast! The Convict Surgeonfish Acanthurus triostegus is one of the smaller tangs available for the aquarium. This surgeonfish seldom gets much larger than about 6 2/3 inches (17.0 cm) in length. It is a widespread Indo-Pacific and Pacific species stretching from the […]

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Blue tang or Regal tang
Blue Tang

Known as “Dory” in the Finding Nemo movie the Blue (Regal) Tang has moved to the 2nd most popular tang purchased for home aquaria! Blue Regal Tangs are deep, yet compressed fish with an all over electric to deep blue coloring.  Their black markings resemble an artists paint palette, which they mix colors on and […]

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Brown surgeonfish

   The Brown Surgeonfish is the smallest and least colorful of its genus, but makes up for this by its more peaceful demeanor with other tank mates!    The Brown Surgeonfish or Lavender Tang, Acanthurus nigrofuscus, is brown with fine bluish gray horizontal lines on the body.  Both the dorsal fin and anal fins are […]

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Blue tang surgeonfish
Blue Tang Surgeonfish

The Caribbean Blue Tang is delicate in both beauty and care, but is truly a showpiece in the saltwater tank! The Blue Tang Surgeonfish Acanthurus coeruleus is a gorgeous tang found in the Atlantic Ocean. it is a deep-bodied fish that can get quite large. Typical size is about 9 inches (23 cm), but some […]

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Chevron Tang

   Not only is it one of the most beautiful of all the surgeonfish, the Chevron Tang eats a different kind of algae than the other surgeonfish, making it one of the most desirable as well!    The Chevron Tang is very beautiful and striking as a juvenile. It has a bright orange colored body […]

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Achilles Tang
Achilles Tang

The Achilles Tang is appropriately named, bringing to mind the Greek hero, Achilles, who had a flaw of vulnerability that proved fatal, thus the term “Achilles Heel.” The Achilles Tang is a deep-bodied, flat, oval-shaped fish with seriously quick swimming abilities.  They are dark brownish black with electric blue pin striping around their eyes, mouth […]

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Black Longnose Sailfin Tang

   With it’s jet black coloring, the Black Longnose Sailfin Tang is a difficult fish to photograph, unless it is swimming in front of some bright decor!    With just one quick look there is no question why this surgeonfish is called the Black Longnose Sailfin Tang. It is a definite eye catcher with the […]

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Blonde Naso Tang
Blonde Naso Tang

This beautiful ‘Blonde’ Naso Tang is every bit as hardy as its Pacific counterpart, only more rare and a bit more expensive!  Both the Blonde Naso Tang, and its close cousin the Naso Tang are called the Orangespine Unicornfish. This comes from the pair of spines surrounded by a bright orange area on either side […]

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