Spotted Surgeonfish

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Spotted Surgeonfish

This fish is known as Spotted Surgeonfish, Yellow Eye Kole Tang and the correct latin name is Ctenochaetus strigosus. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) Origin of this fish is Pacific Ocean. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

A peaceful fish. Suitable for classic marine aquariums.

Spotted Surgeonfish can grow up to 14 cm what is approximately 5 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 1680cm2 of water surface which is approximately 260 square inch. This species will require to be kept in a tank that is large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Capacity of very large aquariums is at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Spotted 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 suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

This Tang should have a tank which copies the reef. Live rocks with algae are a very good choice. It is because the fish do not eat well in the tank and algae are their natural food. Furthermore it is a very effective algae eater. Also it may eat shrimps and dried algae. It is good to keep this fish with other species, but not with their own species.

Spotted Surgeonfish, picture no. 1

Spotted Surgeonfish, picture no. 2

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

Spotted Surgeonfish, picture 3

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