Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Orangespot Surgeonfish, it is a species of fish that belongs to the Acanthurus of the Acanthuridae family. The scientific name of the fish is Acanthurus olivaceus and it is also commonly called as Orange Shoulder Tang, Orange-epaulette Surgeonfish, and Orangeband Surgeonfish,. Each of its common name points to the distinctive and remarkable feature that makes this fish stand out from other fish species and through its intense orange horizontal band with a wide blue border on its body side.
A fully-grown Orangespot Surgeonfish will have a maximum body length of 14 inches (35 cm). As a young, it has a solid yellow color body, with just the smallest amount hint of blue color fringing on its dorsal and anal fins. The Orangespot Surgeonfish is not only recognized by its orange band or spot quickly, but it also undergoes an attractive color change while it matures. When it is matured, the color of the front half of its body turns into pale gray and the rear half of its body assumes the color of dark gray-blue. On top of the pectoral fins of the fish is a striking orange line that is drawn by the dark gray color. The Orangespot Surgeonfish has a lyre-shaped tail. In each case it still maintains its shoulder mark, but the orange spot becomes more luminous with age. The Orangespot Surgeonfish fish species come in different attractive body colors, such as blue, black, and yellow
The Orangespot Surgeonfish species are largely seen in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, ranging from the eastern parts of the Indian Ocean to Hawaii, Japan, and the Marquesas Islands at depth that ranges from 13.2 feet to 148.5 feet (4 meters to 45 meters). The Orangespot Surgeonfish species is fairly easy to maintain once it becomes familiarized.
Usually, the Orangespot Surgeonfish species require a bigger aquarium with a minimum capacity of 180 gallons, filled with the water and the temperature that ranges from 75 degrees Fahrenheit to 79 degrees Fahrenheit, with pH value varies from 8.1 to 8.4, and with the specific gravity from 1.020 to 1.025. The Orangespot Surgeonfish need the aquarium to be equipped with ample swimming space to swim freely all through the aquarium. Usually, this fish species is not violent towards other fish species in the aquarium. If it is housed with more than one fish species, it is better to add a juvenile fish to the aquarium that includes an adult fish.
In the aquarium, the Orangespot Surgeonfish is fed with a plethora of sea based algae and seaweed. This will make their immune system stronger, lessen aggression, and perk up their overall health. The Orangespot Surgeonfish are also nourished with dehydrated seaweed attached to a rock or a veggie clip. They are usually fed with seaweed salad, sea veggies, and ocean nutrition.
The Orangespot Surgeonfish is an herbivorous fish and in the wild, it mostly feeds on brown algae, filamentous algae and detritus. In the aquarium the Orangespot Surgeonfish is nourished with a fine variety of frozen, live, and prepared recipe foods with importance in spirulina and vegetable. The Orangespot Surgeonfish species need to feed small amounts of food a number of times in a day.
The maximum lifespan of the Orangespot Surgeonfish is 33 years.