Acanthurus nigrofuscus is widespread in the Indo-Pacific Region and is one of the most abundant surgeonfishes on coral reefs (Randall 2002) It is common and dominant on reefs in most of its range It is caught incidentally for food and is a major component of the aquarium trade in parts of its range (e.g., West Hawaii) There was no clear trend in mean biomass observed in marine protected areas and in fished areas in the Philippines (Stockwell et al
2009) and no clear trend in the declines in overall density in Fish Replenishment Areas in West Hawaii (Walsh et al 2010) Harvest is not considered a major threat globally and this species occurs in several marine reserves in parts of its distribution
It is therefore listed as Least ConcernThe Lavender Tang, also known as the Spot-Cheeked Surgeonfish, travels in large schools on the reefs of Hawaii This beautiful fish is colored in tones of lavender and tan, and has multiple orange spots on the face The orange spots give away to many small black spots covering the rest of the body, and the tail is forked.
A 125 gallon aquarium or larger is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room
Live rock is preferred by this species for grazing, and will provide plenty of structure for hiding places and territories It is aggressive toward other Tangs and Surgeonfish, but peaceful with other fish.
Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae This will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health
Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal