Size: only S,M
Species Name : Acanthurus Maculiceps
Care Level : Moderate
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Brown, Grey, Yellow
Diet : Herbivore
Reef Compatible : Yes
Water Conditions : 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, sg 1.021-1.025
Max Size : 16 inches
Family : Acanthuridae
Origin : Maldives, Andaman Sea, Christmas Islands, Philippines, north to Southern Japan, and south to Line Islands and Samoa
Minimum Tank Size : 200 gallons
Maculiceps Tang (Acanthurus Maculiceps), also commonly known as the White Freckled Surgeonfish or the Black-Eared Surgeonfish, features a sleek grey body with yellow pectoral fins and scattered white freckles across its face. It grows to a size of 40 cm in length. Has a sharp forward pointing spine on each side of the caudal peduncle, which folds into a groove. Erected when excited. Handle with care!
Maculiceps Tang is best kept in an aquarium of at least 200 gallons, with plenty of live rock. Can be maintained in reef or fish-only aquariums having wide-open swimming areas and turbulent, well-oxygenated water flow.
The Surgeonfish are not typically aggressive towards other types of fish. If more Surgeonfish are added to the aquarium, they will establish a hierarchy. It is best to add the most aggressive species last and to ensure that there are sufficient hiding places, as they prefer to have their own individual sleeping area. Surgeonfish will rarely irritate corals or invertebrates.
When in the aquarium, they will spend most of their time swimming around and nibbling the algae from the stones. Requires a varied vegetable diet, including fresh macroalgae, Spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, dried seaweed Nori, and enriched vegetable flakes, and requires two or three feedings per day.
Small : 1.5 - 2.25 inches
Medium : 2.25 - 3.25 inches
Large : 3.25 - 4.25 inches
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