the fish profile


This species is known as Doctorfish, Black Doctorfish and the correct latin name is Acanthurus chirurgus. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) It's origin 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. So 1 specimen requires at least 4800cm2 of water surface which is approximately 744 square inch. This fish should be kept in aquariums that 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 have 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 suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

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

Related fish profiles in the databaseRecommended reading
By Exotic Aquariums

Feel free to share your experiences regarding keeping Acanthurus chirurgus below. Every message will be held for approval by our moderators. It usually takes 24 hours to publish your comment. Before you ask anything, browse the questions page, please.

Leave your name below, please.

Leave your email below, please. We will not publish it at all. See our privacy policy for this purpose, please. Once your comment is reviewed and published, you will receive a notification email.

Leave your comment below, please. Use correct English, please! Slang or too many misspellings will cause deletion.

Document modified on Tue Nov 27 15:59:41 UTC 2007
Document created on Tue Nov 27 15:59:41 UTC 2007
How to cite this page? Use the following HTML:

"Doctorfish." Tue Nov 27 15:59:41 UTC 2007.

Aqua-Fish.Net. Mon Mar 4 15:21:54 UTC 2024

edit this page or create a new fish profile