Acanthurus japonicus – Powder Brown Tang

Acanthurus japonicus or Powder Brown Tang is excellent to keep in the company of other species. They should be kept solitary as they are aggressive towards conspecifics.

Acanthurus japonicus – Powder Brown Tang

Acanthurus japonicus or Powder Brown Tang is excellent to keep in the company of other species. It is quite aggressive towards conspecifics, so it should be kept solitary. It can only be kept in a group in very large aquariums. A territory is being established. It is a species that is difficult to keep alive in the aquarium.

They are very similar to Acanthurus glaucopareius and have long been considered one species.

When purchasing the Philippijnen Doctor fish you have to pay attention. Some specimens don’t want to eat because of the stress of catching, traveling and housing in a store. Feed them in the store with a piece of mussel to see if they accept the food. If they don’t accept the food, leave the fish in the store.

Synonyms: Hepatus aliala japonicus, Acanthurus japonica, Acanthurus japonicas.

Diet

Live or frozen food should be given alternately as food, but regular vegetable food should definitely not be missing from the menu. They actually eat all kinds of algae in the aquarium.

Breeding Acanthurus japonicus – Powder Brown Tang

Not much is known about breeding in the aquarium.

Warning

This species has a razor-sharp blade at the base of its caudal fin. These retractable scalpel-like scales are a natural way to defend themselves. They are only unfolded when the fish is excited or feels threatened. However, they can cause very deep flesh wounds, which can also often lead to infections. The infections are characterized by swelling and discoloration of the wound. This can last for several hours. In connection with the infections caused by scalpel wounds, they are thought to have venom glands.

Video

Auteur

Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie

Copyright foto’s

Bernard Dupont
Rickard Zerpe – CC BY 2.0

Last Updated on 24 October 2021 by John

Additional information

Family

Genus

Species

japonicus

Synonyms

Hepatus aliala japonicus

First described by

Character

Diet

Omnivorous

Ecosystem

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Length minimum in cm

20

Length maximum in cm

23

Temperature minimum

22

Temperature maximum

26

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