The Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirurgus) also known as the Doctorfish Tang. They are deep bodied with an overall blue-grayish, gray to dark grey coloration with 10-12 faded brown vertical brown stripes that are narrow and spaced apart on its sides. They also have an electric blue trim on the edges of their fins.
The Doctorfish has the ability to change its appearance with different shades of color, due to mood or to match the reef colors they are found around.
Exhibiting a darker coloration has been found to be associated with living in reefs, while a pale coloring is associated with sandy bottoms dwellers.
The Doctorfish is one of the hardier tang species, but should be kept in a large tank providing it with ample space to swim and a good amount of live rock for it to hide in.
The Doctorfish is best kept in a fish-only tank as it may nip at small inverts on the corals. They also shouldn't be kept with species of its own kind but can be kept with other tangs. It will eat most meaty prepared foods, herbivorous foods, and algae in your tank.
Doctorfish 15-20 cm
Scientific Name Acanthurus chirurgus Origin Western Atlantic Max Size 25 cm Reef Safe Yes Min Tank Size Medium Diet Omnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Semi-Aggressive