If you wish to keep tang and surgeon fish in your aquarium then you need to have a bigger tank. If you’ve a bigger saltwater aquarium setup then tang and surgeon fishes can be easily kept in it. Many aquarium shop owners don’t suggest to keep them in home aquarium setup. They’re usually imported for public aquarium setups and large home saltwater aquarium setups. They’re difficult to raise in captivity because they take a lot of time to acclimate and that makes it harder to keep in aquarium. You’ll even notice that they survive for very short period in home aquarium.
Moorish Idol Profile
- Scientific Name : Zanclus cornutus
- Region: Indo-Pacific, Hawaii
- Size: 15cm
- pH : 8.1 – 8.4
- Temperature : 25°C – 28°C
- Carbonate Hardness : 8 – 12° dKH
- Tank Size : 100 gallon or more
Breeding: There is no reports of breeding them in captivity. As they’re very rarely survive for long period in captivity that makes it hard to observe their breeding in home aquarium. It is also hard to differentiate between male and the female.
Behavior : As Moorish idol requires bigger tank cause they dwell all over the tank. They’re peaceful in nature and there is not much of conflict with other fishes. Avoid placing them with overly aggressive species. You can even keep them in multiple numbers. They’re not suitable for reef tank as they pick on clams and coral. They feel comfortable near live rock and some plants so make sure your home aquarium setup has it.
Food: It takes time to get them to feed if they’re placed in new aquarium. If they catch any disease then you’ll find that they’ll go without food so you need to place them in quarantine tank till they start eating. In ocean they live on algae and sponges. They’re omnivorous and will accept variety of food. You can definitely give them live or marine fish food.
If you’ve enough experience with saltwater fishes and have larger tank then and only then consider purchasing this fish. If you’re beginner or less-experience aquarium hobbyist then you can delay your purchase of Moorish idol. They require much care if placed in home aquarium setup so you need to monitor them regularly. They take time to acclimate into established tank so make sure you’ve quarantine tank. They’re rarely available in aquarium shops but you can purchase them from most of the online aquarium shops.