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This fish is known as Doctorfish, Black Doctorfish and the correct latin name is Acanthurus chirurgus. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) Origin of this species is Western Atlantic. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This species is semi-aggressive.

Doctorfish can grow up to 40 cm what is approximately 15 inches. 1 specimen basically needs at least 4800cm2 of water surface which is approximately 744 square inch. We recommend you to keep it in fish tanks which are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is easy to keep the Doctorfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The recommended pH level is between 8.0 and 8.3 since marine fish are used to these levels in general.

The origin is Massachusetts (USA), Bermuda, and the northern Gulf of Mexico to Sao Paulo, Brazil. It can be also found on Eastern Atlantic; Senegal. Source: fishbase.

Doctorfish, picture no.1

Doctorfish, picture no.2

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