Mimic/Chocolate Tang (Acanthurus pyroferus)
Mimic Tang (Chocolate Tang)
Scientific Name: Acanthurus pyroferus
About the Mimic Tang (Chocolate Tang)
Species Type: Saltwater Fish
Category: Tangs & Rabbitfish
Care Level: Moderate. Healthy specimens are frequently available for purchase, but stress in shipping does sometimes occur. Will accept dried foods after settling in, but frozen foods or algae grazing sheets may be required initially. After proper quarantine and acclimation to the display, this fish is generally resistant to disease. An overall good choice for the new saltwater hobbyist.
Origin: Indo West Pacific
Compatibility/Temperament: The Mimic Tang will not bother coral or invertebrates, however it may eat desirable marine algae. They are generally a good community fish, provided they are given plenty of space and not kept with other members of the same genus. They also fare well in a reef environment with smaller fish that do not pose a threat. They will generally mix with Tangs outside of their genus, such as the commonly seen Sailfin Tang and Yellow Tang. When keeping more than one Acanthurus species of Tang, it is best to add them at the same time to a much larger aquarium.
A fairly easy saltwater fish to acclimate to the home aquarium, they are one of the better Tangs available for consideration of the home aquarium. If you are able to acquire a juvenile of this species, you may witness its mimicking behavior, as it displays the color pattern of the Eibli Angelfish, Centropyge eibli.
Mimic Tang (Chocolate Tang) Diet
Feed a diet rich in vegetable matter including frozen herbivore foods, dried seaweed, or live macro algae. Freeze dried algae sheets should be offered daily.
Reaching up to 10'' as an adult. They are a very fast growing species and sufficient space should be given to allow them to reach adult size in your aquarium.
Minimum Tank Suggestion
Ideal water parameters for Mimic Tang (Chocolate Tang)
Marine fish are highly sensitive animals with very specific care requirements. Most all saltwater species will require similar water conditions, designed to replicate that of natural seawater. Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero, temperature at 76F to 80F, and salinity at 1.024 to 1.026. Although some fish are tolerant of lower levels of Nitrate, the goal in every aquariums should be to keep Nitrate as close to zero as possible, and certainly under 20ppm. Finally, maintaining a stable pH of 8.0 to 8.4 is desired. Achieving this is made easier by monitoring alkalinity, which should be kept at 8-12 DKH, and calcium, which is targeted at 400 to 460ppm.
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