Scopas Tang

  • Scientific Name: Zebrasoma scopas
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: The east coast of Africa to Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.
  • Size: 22 centimetres (8.5 Inches)
  • Temperature: 24°C – 28°C (74°F – 82°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
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Product Description

  • Scientific Name: Zebrasoma scopas
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: The east coast of Africa to Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.
  • Size: 22 centimetres (8.5 Inches)
  • Temperature: 24°C – 28°C (74°F – 82°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
  • Specific Gravity (Salinity) – 1.020 to 1.025
  • Aquarium Size (Minimum) – 280 Litres (75 gallons)
  • Appearances (Physical Description) – Young Scopas Tang’s have higher dorsal and anal fins compared to their body size than full-grown specimens, and they have bluish-white stripes. Adults are darker (brown to almost black) with white spots and flecks
  • Diet – substantial amounts of plant material, including microalgae, macro-algae, broccoli, spinach, Spirulina flake food and dried algae sheets.
  • Feeding Frequency – two to three days daily.
  • Compatibility- *See Compatibility chart*
  • Aggression – aggressive towards other surgeonfish, rabbitfish and other herbivores in a medium sized tank. They tend to behave themselves in large aquariums.
  • Difficulty to keep – easy
  • Captive Breeding – no

 

Overview:

The Scopas Tang is a fascinating specimen and a specimen that’s very easy to take care of. It requires a large area of swimming space and as discussed above, its dietary requirements are vital and need to be kept constant. Although this species can serve a useful function in the aquarium (by eating filamentous algae) it may take a nip at the tissue of large-polyp stony corals, star polyps, gorgonians, zoanthids and Tridacna clams (they have been known to nip mantles), but this is only likely to happen if there is sparse algae growth and if there isn’t enough food being introduced into the aquarium. If not fed enough they will lose weight and will become more prone to parasitic infection.