Tomini Tang (Ctenochaetus tominiensis)
Scientific Name: Ctenochaetus tominiensis
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About the Tomini 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: Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Fiji.
Compatibility/Temperament: The Tomini Tang is a typical member of the Ctenochaetus genus, meaning it is generally mild mannered and a good fish for a mixed community setting. They are also known to be a very effective grazer in the reef tank, also typical of the genus. When keeping more than one Ctenochaetus species of Tang, it is best to add them at the same time to a larger aquarium. When adding multiple Tangs to the same aquarium, it is best to have the Ctenochaetus in place prior to adding Tangs of a different genus.
TheTomini Tang will not bother coral or invertebrates, however it will quickly eat all forms marine algae. They are especially effective at grazing on hair algae, and are a great choice for a reef setting. One of the easiest saltwater fish to keep after acclimated, the Tomini Tang is a great fish for beginners with a sufficient sized aquarium. It is also the smallest of the Tangs, which makes it a great addition to the average home reef aquarium.
The Tomini Tang is a wonderful fish to consider as an alternative to the Achillies Tang. The Tomini has orange fins contrasting against a light brown body, giving much of the same color features as the Achillies, at a fraction of the cost and at a far easier level of care.
Tomini Tang Diet
Feed a diet rich in vegetable matter including frozen herbivore foods, dried seaweed, or live macro algae. The Ctenochaetus genus are extreme algae grazers and will deplete all nature supply of algae in a short time. As such, freeze dried algae sheets should be offered daily.
Reaches up to 6'' in length. They are a fast growing fish and should be kept in aquariums capable of sustaining their adult size. Due to their mild demeanor in a community setting, they are one of the only Tang species to consider in aquariums less than 125 gallons in size.
Minimum Tank Suggestion
Ideal water parameters for Tomini 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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