Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Whitetail Bristletooth Tang is native to the crystal clear waters of Tahiti in the South Pacific Ocean. There is no other fish quite like it, with its reddish-purple body lined with horizontal stripes and a bright white tail, the Whitetail bristletooth tang is a statement fish in the home aquarium. Members of Ctenochaetus are among some of the most efficient algae grazers and this species is no exception. An adult Whitetail bristletooth tang can reach a size of approximately 6″. This smaller adult size makes it quite desirable among hobbyists, especially for reef aquariums.
Diet Requirements: In the wild tangs are primarily herbivorous. A diet largely consisting of algae-based foods is absolutely necessary to maintain optimal health, coloration, immune function, and reduce aggression. Vegetable based flake foods or frozen foods, that may also include spirulina algae, are excellent options. We also recommend offering dried seaweed on a rock or clip three times a week minimum. Bristletooth tangs will consume various other protein-based frozen foods.
Care Requirements: A minimum 90 gallon aquarium is ideal. Smaller specimens can be temporarily raised in smaller quarters as long as it is upgraded accordingly. This tang enjoys a variety of rock work to graze off of and crevices to take refuge, but should also be provided with some open swimming space. Typically, Ctenochaetus species are only semi-aggressive and territorial in nature toward members of its own genus, often behaving peacefully toward other tank-mates. However, if you want to house various types of tangs together, it is best to add them all at once, or closely together at the very least, for the best success. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 2-1/2″ to 3″; Medium: 3-1/4″ to 4″; Large: 4-1/4″ to 5″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.