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Common names for the Orange Shoulder Tang include Orangebar Tang, Orange Band Surgeonfish, Orange Tang and Orange-Epaulette Tang.

As juveniles these fish a solid yellow, with a slight blue band around their anal and dorsal fins. As they mature they will develop an orange band just above their pectoral fins (their shoulder). Adults will mature to be two tone grey with a bright Orange flash across their shoulder with a blue edging around the orange flash, along with blue edging around their fins.


  • Minimum tank size: 180 Gallon (965 Litres) [A massive tank!]
  • Prone to disease: Yes, Ich (Ick) & HLLE (Head & Lateral Line Erosion)
  • Beginner Compatible: With Caution
  • Adult Size: 14 inches (35.5cm) [Hence the need for the massive tank!]
  • Reef Compatible: With caution, they must remain well fed and will graze on diatoms, algae etc all day.
  • Predator Tank Compatible: Once at a larger size
  • Care Level: Some special requirements
  • pH: 8.1 to 8.4
  • Temperature: 24°C to 28°C
  • Preferred Tank Level: All over
  • Lots of hiding places required
  • Number to a tank: To be kept singularly. Can be kept with other Tangs with caution. Generally considered invertebrate and smaller inhabitants safe.



Orange Shoulder Tang

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