Found in the Indo-Pacific, the Acanthurus pyroferus is also known as the Mimic Tang. As a juvenile it mimics the Lemonpeel Angelfish. Its adult colors have helped it earn the common name Chocolate Tang. Growing in the wild up to 10 inches in length, adults need plenty of room to swim. It does not tolerate other Tangs but is otherwise only moderately aggressive. Generally a “reef safe” fish if fed properly with vegetable-based prepared foods, seaweed sheets, and spirulina. Like all Tangs, it should be quarantined before addition to a display aquarium.
- Scientific Name: Acanthurus pyroferus
- Max Size: 8 inches
- Diet: meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae
- Required Tank Size: 120+ gallons
- Approximate Size: 3 to 4 inches