White Cheek Tang

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White Cheek Tang

This species is known as White Cheek Tang, Whitecheek Surgeonfish and the correct latin name is Acanthurus nigricans. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) Origin of this fish is Eastern Indian Ocean. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

These fishes are aggressive towards their own species.

White Cheek Tang can grow up to 22 cm what is approximately 8 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 2640cm2 of water surface which is approximately 409 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 hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the White Cheek Tang fish. (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.

There are a few places where White Cheek Tang can be found.

Eastern Indian Ocean: known only from Cocos-Keeling Islands and Christmas Island.
Pacific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands and Great Barrier Reef to the Hawaiian Islands and French Polynesia (excluding Rapa). This species has crossed the Eastern Pacific Barrier to the Revillagigedo Islands, Cocos Island, Galapagos Islands, and the coast of Mexico.

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