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The Lavender Tang is often passed over by hobbyists since it's not quite as striking at first glance like many of the other readily available tangs. But, once you fatten the Lavender Tang up and get them under the right lighting the colors on these Lavenders can really come to life. Lavender Tangs have light gray bodies with pastel like yellow dorsal fins and purple tail/anal fins. They also have small yellow dots on their mouth and face.

Scientific Name : Acanthurus nigrofuscus

Common Names : Brown Tang, Brown Surgeonfish

Care Level : Moderate

Life span : 7 years or longer

Size : 7 - 8 inches (21 cm)

pH : 8 - 8.4

Temperature : 75°F - 82°F (24°C - 28°C)

Specific Gravity : 1.022 - 1.026

Origin / Habitat : Indo-Pacific, South Pacific Ocean near Hawaii and Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia.

Temperament / Behavior : If you have a big enough tank you can keep multiple tangs but do not keep conspecifics in the same tank to avoid aggression.

Breeding : Group spawners, open water egg scatterers

Aquarium Size : 90 gallon minimum, 100 gallons plus is way better

Tank Mates : Generally peaceful but may take exception to new arrivals. Use caution when stocking this tang.

Reef Tank Compatible : The Lavender Tang is reef tank compatible.

Food : The Lavender Tang is an herbivore, you need live rock and be ready to give them dried seaweed or dried algae using a lettuce clip. The brown, red, green and purple (brown algae being really good) algae will be devoured by these tangs.

Lavender Tang

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