Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Tominiensis Tang, also known as the Tomini Tang or Tomini Bristletooth Tang, has a wide distribution across the Pacific Ocean. Members of Ctenochaetus are among some of the most efficient algae grazers and this species is no exception. Often sought after for both its janitorial behavior and small size as an adult, the Tominiensis tang is a voracious scavenger of algae and only reaches a maximum size of approximately 6″. The Tominiensis tang has an overall tan colored body, a blue to white caudal fin, and an orange edge on both its dorsal and anal fins.
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. Tominiensis tangs will consume various other protein-based frozen foods.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 75 gallon aquarium is ideal. Smaller specimens can be temporarily raised in smaller quarters (no less than 50 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 some open swimming space. Tominiensis tangs are often sought after to add to a reef aquarium for their natural tendency to constantly graze upon algae build up. Typically, Ctenochaetus species are only semi-aggressive and territorial in nature toward each other, 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: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Medium: 2-1/2″ to 3-1/4″; Large: 3-1/2″ to 4-3/4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.