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Mimic Tang (Acanthurus pyroferus)

 
Mimic tangs get their name by mimicing a number of different dwarf angels (Centropyge species). The Acanthurus pyroferus should not be confused with the Mimic Eibli Tang (Acanthurus tristis), but does include mimics of the heraldi, lemon peel, and half black dwarf angels. To about 8" in length, these fish are collected from various parts of the world.


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Beautiful as a juvi a but dull as an adult.

Comments The mimic or half black tang is an excellent option if you want to keep a dwarf angel in a reef tank. As a Juvenile they have very similar features as a lemon peel angle but will not nip your corals. Very fun to watch, this fish is always on the move. Not aggressive at all and gets along with all the other fish. As a juvenile they are a brilliant yellow but as they age they loose the yellow and take on a brown/gray/yellow color that is not nearly as beautiful and the full yellow. Simple to keep and very hardy all these fish need is decent water quality and regular feedings. They are also not prone ti Ich as many tangs are. Try one out and you will be happy with it.


Liked about it Reef safe and will not nip at corals. An excellent alternative to a Dwarf Angel
Fairly small and does not require a large tank.
Colors, as a juvi this is a beautiful fish.


Didn't like The only thing I disliked about this fish was the adult colors. It's hard to believe a fish could be do striking as a juvenile then just loose all they color.


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By ckusnierek
May 19, 2010
 
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Wonderful Acanthurus species for tanks over ~75 gallons

Comments This is one of the smallest and most peaceful Acanthurus species available in the hobby. Known for mimicing dwarf angels as juveniles, these fish change color as they mature. I find the A. pyroferus mimic to be the most attractive of all the mimic tangs as an adult, however, and I'd recommend them for any tank over about 75 gallons (though probably twice that size if you have multiple tangs in the tank). They do stay small compared to many in this genus, and I found the one I have to be more peaceful than most surgeonfish. They'd likely coexist with other peaceful acanthurus (such as other mimics, or those like the convict tang), though I wouldnt try it without a couple hundred gallons.


Liked about it I really liked how peaceful and active this fish was, one of the better acanthurus species available in the hobby. They also may help with nuisance algae, though that wouldnt be an expectation I had going in. Finally, as a smaller surgeonfish, I'd say they do well in a tank as small as 75 gallons, but that may pushing it a little. Anything over 100 and you'd be fine.


Didn't like This is one of my favorite fish, I don't have anything negative to say about it except that the specific one I prefer (the half-black mimic) is sometimes hard to find. Otherwise, a great choice.


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By crvz
May 17, 2010
 
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