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Also known as the Palelipped Surgeon, White Spine Surgeon, Labahita (Philippines) and Kakabela (Papua New Guinea).
The White Face Tang can make a great new addition to your saltwater aquarium or reef aquarium. These saltwater aquarium fish show off distinct markings and can also help control aquarium algae.
The White Face Tang is known for its blackish-brown body. Despite its name, this tang fish doesn’t have a white face. More commonly, this saltwater aquarium fish has a white band across its chest and white lips, leading to its other common name, the Palelipped Surgeon. One of the tang’s most compelling features is the pair of sharp spines at the base of its tail. These scalpel-like projections are the reason that tang fish are often called surgeonfish. If startled, a live tang fish can swing its tail to guard itself.
The White Face Tang can be an territorial. As such, aquarists should take care to give this solitary fish an ideal environment to limit stress and conflict. The best underwater habitat for a live tang fish combines plenty of space with lots of live rock. Tangs will feel more secure if they can establish territories within reefs where they can hide and rest. A White Face can grow to as large as 20 inches. Giving your tang a spacious aquarium is an important way to support your aquarium pet’s comfort and happiness. Tangs tend to be territorial towards fish of similar shape and color. To minimize stress, consider only housing one live tang fish in a tank at a time.
Tangs enjoy snacking on seaweed and algae. Providing plenty of these greens will help your Tang stay healthy and energetic. Consider adding an algae sheet to your aquarium so your Tang will always have a source of food to nibble on. In fact, tangs are great for controlling the algae within your aquarium. Tangs also enjoy marine flakes, pelleted herbivore food, bloodworms and brine shrimp.
If your large aquarium needs a new community member, this saltwater aquarium fish can be a beautiful and captivating addition.
Internet Price: $159.99 - $264.99
Reef Safe: Yes
Native To: Indo-Pacific
Adult Size: Up to 18"
Temperature: 72 - 78°F
Water Parameters: sg 1.020-1.026; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Size: 100+ gallons
Scientific Name: Acanthurus leucocheilus
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