Eyestripe Surgeonfish

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Eyestripe Surgeonfish

This fish is known as Eyestripe Surgeonfish, Dussumier’s Surgeonfish, Hawaiian Surgeonfish, Ornate Sturgeonfish and the correct latin name is Acanthurus dussumieri. It belongs to the Tang family. (e) Origin of this fish is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

Eyestripe Surgeonfish is a peaceful species.

Eyestripe Surgeonfish can grow up to 54 cm what is approximately 21 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 6480cm2 of water surface which is approximately 1004 square inch. This fish should be kept in aquariums that are very 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 difficult to keep the Eyestripe Surgeonfish. (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 pH levels shouldn't be outside of 8.0 - 8.3 since most marine fish are used to the mentioned range of pH values.

Even though this fish is peaceful, it will not get along well with similar species and, of course it should not be kept in one tank with poisonous fish such as lion fish. Acanthurus dussumieri feeds on algae, which makes a film on the surface, such as blue-green and green algae, detritus and diatoms. You can also put a rock with algae into the tank.

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the picture. Copyright Ken Leonard.

Eyestripe Surgeonfish picture
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