Mimic Lemon Peel Tang
The Mimic Lemon Peel Tang, also known as the Mimic Surgeon or Chocolate Surgeonfish, features an oval, yellow body during its juvenile stage. It showcases blue highlights around its eyes and gill covers, resembling the Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus). (Many Acanthurus sp. species mimic angelfish.) As it matures, its body color darkens towards tan with red highlights forming around its eyes and pectoral fins. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins adopt green hues but retain the tan body color on their tips. To provide sufficient swimming space and territories within live rock, a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with large amounts of live rock is required. The Mimic Lemon Peel Tang is aggressive towards other Tangs and Surgeonfish but peaceful with other fish. While Tangs can consume meaty foods along with other fish in the aquarium, it is important to offer them ample marine-based seaweed and algae. This will enhance their immune system, reduce aggression, and improve their overall health. Feeding dried seaweed tied to a rock or using a veggie clip at least three times per week is ideal. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad, and Ocean Nutrition are all excellent products that are easy to use. These fish are excellent for controlling algae in saltwater fish or reef aquariums.