Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Maculiceps Tang, also referred to as the Black-eared or White-freckled Tang, is a fish native to reefs around the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It has an overall olive-grey colored body that is reminiscent of graphite, with white to orange dots on its face. Typically sold as mere juveniles, as a Maculiceps tang matures it will become much darker ventrally, the caudal (tail) fin may turn entirely white, and its spots will become much more prominent. Trust us, this fish is a true statement piece for any large reef aquarium. An adult Maculiceps tang can reach a size of approximately 13″. Note: This species is infrequently available.
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. If not, tangs often develop head and lateral line erosion from such deficiencies. 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. Maculiceps tangs will consume various other protein-based frozen foods.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 125 gallon aquarium with 18+ inch width is ideal. Smaller specimens can be temporarily raised in smaller quarters (no less than 75 gallons) as long as it is upgraded accordingly. This tang enjoys a variety of rock work and crevices to take refuge, but also should be provided with open swimming space. Maculiceps tangs are often sought after to add to a reef aquarium for their natural tendency to graze upon algae build up. Typically, Maculiceps tangs do not conflict with other tank mates and aren’t overly territorial in nature. However, Acanthurus often have issue with other species within the genus and even tangs from other genera. If you want to house various types of tangs together, especially multiple Acanthurus species, 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: 1-1/2″ to 2-3/4″; Medium: 3″ to 4-1/4″; Large: 4-1/2″ to 5-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.