Purple Surgeonfish

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Purple Surgeonfish

This species is known as Cuvier’s Surgeonfish, Purple Surgeonfish, Ring-Tailed Surgeonfish, Yellowfin Surgeonfish and the correct latin name is Acanthurus xanthopterus. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) It's origin is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

These fish are poisonous, so man should be careful regarding tankmates.

Purple Surgeonfish can grow up to 60 cm what is approximately 23 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 7200cm2 of water surface which is approximately 1116 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 hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Purple 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 level should be stable, varying between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for marine fish.

This fish is not suitable for home tanks.

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