Species group: Tangs and Surgeonfish
Other common names: Hawaiian Surgeonfish; Black Surgeonfish; Hawaiian Bristletooth
Scientific name: Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis
Adults are usually solitary. Chevron Tangs are not as active as the other Surgeonfish, yet require almost the same swimming space.
The Chevron Tang is a bright orange-red fish with dark squiggly markings. Adults are a dark olive color with numerous dark green lines on the body. Nearly oval, the Chevron has a slightly protruding mouth and many rows of small comb-like teeth, because of which they are also called the Hawaiian Bristletooth.
Chevrons, like any other Surgeonfish, are aggressive with the same species. However, they pose no danger to non-aggressive fish such as Angelfish, Damsels, Rabbitfish, and Wrasses. Immobile invertebrates can also be kept in the tank.
The Chevron Tang requires a lot of space for movement. The minimum tank size suitable for this type of fish is 100 gallons. Oxygen-rich water with good circulation is necessary for the Chevron. Extra light may be added to promote good algae growth.
hair algae, striking color patterns, Good algae eater, coloration, juveniles
marine based algae, meaty food