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    eyestrip tang

    Hello all
    I am wondering if anyone has had experience, success or failure or even seen one for sale ?
    tang_man_montreal icon is an amazing pic of one
    Thanks

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    They have many different names so I'll give this a try. This is my orange-surgeonfish which some have called an eyestipe tang. Is this what you are looking for????
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    allthough that tang is nice, its more commonly called and orange shoulder tang. The one I'm looking for info on look like
    http://www.kohaladivers.com/photos.html

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    http://www.reefimages.com/Surgeons/Surgeons.htm

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    I've never seen that tang before but judging from its body shape it would be to big for an aquarium anyways.Looks to be in the family of VLAMINGI.

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    mouse6196,
    That tang is also commonly referred to as an Orange Shoulder Surgeon (tang) Acanthurus olivaceus. As a juvenile, it is completely yellow, only developing it's grey body and "orange shoulder" in adulthood.

    PowderBlue,
    The tang in my avatar is actually a DUSSUMIERI TANG Acanthurus dussumieri

    Getting back to the Orange Shoulder tang, it gets fairly large at 13"+, and should be housed in a larger tank 150gal + as it needs lots of swimming room. I have not personally had experience with this fish, but from what I've read, it adapts well to aquariums, and fares better than the powder blue's and browns. Being a tang, diet consists of lots of greens, and also filamentous algae, and even diatoms and detritus.

    Hope that helps!
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    FYI, as a sidenote, tangs with "streamers" on their tails, such as the orange shoulder, sohal, etc, are indicative of fish that like to swim in large areas.

    This explains the needs for the large tanks, not necessarily their adult body size.
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    Powder_blue,

    I just re-read your post....

    Many apologies. The Dussumieri is also referred to as the Eyestrip tang...

    And yes, I have seen them for sale, actually at JLAQUATICS several months ago.
    Ask them, or even better, ask IJO, I'm sure they can bring them in...

    You should also know that this tang gets to be 18+ inches... and needs a large tank.

    Lots of greens (especially nori).

    I've seen several accounts of people having them in their aquariums, and being model citizens.
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    Dussumieri

    pic...
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    nice pic vince! [as usual].
    I've also read a few threads were the ORANGE SHOULDER can be very aggressive towards any other tang and in my honest oppion I don't think any of these tangs can be kept in any tank smaller than a 300g. They do get BIG!!

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    great pic tang_man.. now hand over the camera!!!!:wink3:

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