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I've just acquired this fish.  It was sold to me as a Kole tang.  That's clearly wrong.  I should have rejected it but that's another story.  I think it's an Acanthurus  but I've no idea which species.  Does anyone know?

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Reply #1

it does look like a yellow eyed kole tang, tail looks a bit different though ( white bit )

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Reply #2

Tangs can darken in colour too, like malawi cichlids. My Yellow tang would show a black patch in it's centre every night and my Naso Tang was brown for the first year of his life until he got big and confident.
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Reply #3

Maybe white tail bristle tooth tang Ctenochaetus flavicauda could be an option

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Reply #4

Could be a yellow eye/white tail hybrid.
How big is as it could just be a white tail in juvenile colours.
I've never seen even a tiny yellow eye with a white tail though.


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Reply #5

My guess:
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=15+43+2883&pcatid=2883
Google some pics, as it changes quite a bit.

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Reply #6

That's a good shout Graeme, bloody hell it gets big


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Reply #7

That looks like it.  Mine's only 2.5" so it hasn't developed the adult colouring but the shape and basic colour scheme looks spot on.  Time to get the aquamedic fish trap out and return it.

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Reply #8

I guess you havnt got a system big enough to house it then?


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Reply #9

What size is your tank? People always have tanks smaller than live aquaria suggests, but that's based on the max adult size found in the wild. You just have to be realistic. If you've a 6+ foot tank, you'll be fine with it for a good number of years. If your tank is 3 foot, it's not big enough for any tang...
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Reply #10

My tank is not big enough (300l).  The reason  I want a Kole tang is because of their relatively small size and habit of pottering round the reef pecking away at algae and pods.  This Yellowfin (if that's what it is) is an open ocean swimmer which will need a vast amount of space to satisfy it's needs.  Personally I don't think fish like this should be sold to the domestic aquarist, it's like trying to keep a giraffe in a one bedroom flat.

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