Black-Spot Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bariene)

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Black-Spot Surgeonfish

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Male Black-Spot Surgeonfish

Acanthurus bariene

757 Litres (200 US G.)

45-50 cm (17.7-19.7")

pH

8.1 - 8.5

23 -28 °C (73.4-82.4°F)

8-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Herbivore
Other (See article)

2-3 years

Family

Acanthuridae



Additional names

Black-Spot Surgeonfish, Bariene Surgeonfish, Roundspot Surgeonfish, Eye-Spot Surgeonfish, Black Spot Tang, Black Spot Surgeonfish

Additional scientific names

Hepatus bariene, Acanthurus kingii, Acanthurus nummifer


Origin

Sexing

Mature males will develop convex foreheads that extend beyond the mouth.

Tank compatibility

Is best kept to the only Tang-like fish in the tank as it may be territorial towards other similar-looking species. Will be otherwise peaceful towards tank mates and is reef-safe.

Diet

Will mainly graze on algae and spirulina, and may also take lettuce, dried seaweed and zucchini. When buying these fish be aware that stock can easily starve, do not buy fish with sunken bellies.

Feeding regime

Feed two to three times a day.

Environment Specifics

This is a large active fish needing a laterally spacious tank, they cannot thrive in fish-only saltwater tanks, they need live rock to graze on. They make excellent algae-eaters.

Behaviour

Active and can be territorial.

Identification

Oval-shaped fish, with a steep forehead. The juveniles are fairly unremarkable, but as they mature their colours begin to show. The body is olive-brown with blue and yellow hues, the fins are yellow-orange with blue accents and the caudal fin is sharply forked. The caudal spine is black.

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