Thompson's surgeonfish - Acanthurus thompsoni
Species Name: Acanthurus thompsoni
Synonyms: Hepatus thompsoni, Teuthis thompsoni, Acanthurus thompsoni, Hepatus philippinus, Acanthurus philippinus
Common Names: Thompson's surgeonfish
Family: Acanthuridae (Surgeonfishes, tangs, unicornfishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes)
Max.Size: 27.0 cm / 10.6 inches
Environment: Marine reef
Origin: Western and Eastern Indian Ocean, Northwest, Western Central and Eastern Central Pacific
Company: Acanthurus thompsoni (Thompson's surgeonfish) is not sutible to keep with similar species, groupers or lionfish.
Aquarium Setup: Acanthurus thompsoni (Thompson's surgeonfish) is living in shallow lagoons and at steep reefs in the wild, which is good to keep in mind when you plan the aquarium set up. Provide the fish with vigorous water movement and aeration. They don’t react well to chemical, physical or social changes. Keep oranic levels low or preferably non-existant. 25 ppm is the upper limit for nitrates.
At adult size, fifty gallons of water per fish is recommended for Thompson's surgeonfish. pH should be buffered and kept between 8.0 and 8.4. Temperatures should be in the 70’s to low 80’s Fahrenheit.
Food: Acanthurus thompsoni (Thompson's surgeonfish) consume zooplankton, chiefly large gelatinous forms. They also eat fish eggs and crustaceans. They need to be fed small amounts spread out over the day. You can make it more undemanding buy installing an automatic feeder or get an algae stone.
Breeding: We can’t provide any information about the breeding of Acanthurus thompsoni (Thompson's surgeonfish) in an aquarium.
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