Achilles tang


Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

Also known as the Achilles surgeonfish, the Achilles tang is a species of tang (Acanthuridae) that is native to the Western Pacific ranging from Oceania to the Hawaiian and Pitcairn Islands. Achilles tang typically inhabit reefs in groups and are herbivores, feeding mostly on benthic algae and small invertebrates.


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Images: Sylvain Burguad and Hectonichus

Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

Originating from Hawai, these aggressive tangs will harass fish that they dislike. Herbivorous, they are reef safe, and grow to a manageable 9"/23cm but are rare within the aquatic trade and usually command a high price. Interestingly they are also one of the few tangs that will breed with other species to produce hybrids - Achilles X Goldrim tangs command a very high price when they are available

My betta picture was pretty popular with my coworkers and I got some requests. This is Grayson, with his favorite fish, an achilles tang. He wanted to be wearing a suit. I’m not sure why, haha.

Tomorrow is his last day before he heads off to college, and he got horribly bitten today by an anaconda and it was 75% my fault, so maybe some art will make him feel better? XD