Acanthurus Leucocheilus

Acanthurus Leucocheilus

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Care LevelModerate
Color FormBlack, Blue, White
Reef CompatibleYes
Water Conditions72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size1' 6"
OriginIndonesia, Maldives
Minimum Tank Size250 gallons


The White Face Tang, also known as the Palelipped Surgeonfish, is one of the more aggressive tangs in the hobby. It has a blackish-brown body with a white band across its chest and a mouth ringed with bluish-white.

In its natural habitat, the White Face Tang is generally found near drop-offs in clear seaward reefs. A 250 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of water movement, large amounts of live rock to provide both plenty of swimming room, and territories within the live rock is necessary.

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 products and are very easy to use. These are great fish for controlling algae in the saltwater fish or reef aquarium.

Approximate Purchase Size: Med 2 1/2" - 4 1/2"; Large 4 1/2" - 5 1/2"