Striped-fin surgeonfish - Ctenochaetus marginatus
Species Name: Ctenochaetus marginatus
Synonyms: Ctenochaetus marginatus, Ctenochaetus strigosus, Acanthurus guttatus, Acanthurus marginatus, Ctenochaetus cyanoguttatus, Ctenochaetus magnus
Common Names:Striped-fin surgeonfish
Family: Acanthuridae (Surgeonfishes, tangs, unicornfishes)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max.Size: 27.0 cm/10.8 inches
Origin: Western Central and Eastern Central Pacific, Western Indian Ocean
Company: Avoid keeping a Ctenochaetus marginatus (Striped-fin surgeonfish) with other fish of the same species, or with reef fishes like basses and eels.
Aquarium Setup: Ctenochaetus marginatus (Striped-fin surgeonfish) has to be given quite a lot of space to be happy. The most suitable bottom is one covered in fine gravel and with lots of calcium carbonate based rock. Monitor the pH vigilantly and make sure it stays between 8.0 and 8.4. Waters should be high in oxygen and low in soluble wastes. Temperatures around 70F are recommended for Striped-fin surgeonfish and vigourous circulation is a big plus. Extra light will encourage algae growth.
Food: Food: Ctenochaetus marginatus (Striped-fin surgeonfish) scoopes film of detritus and unicellular algae. Don’t try to feed them large pieces of hard food, because they don’t know how to eat it. Place waterlogged dried, fresh, and/or defrosted frozen food as fine material in the midst of the algae.
Breeding: We have no information about how to breed Ctenochaetus marginatus (Striped-fin surgeonfish) in aquariums.
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