Goldring Bristletooth

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Ctenochaetus strigosus - (Bennett, 1828)
Goldring Bristletooth

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This species is one of the less aggressive members of the family. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a good community fish for the reef aquarium, but one that will do better if a good crop of diatoms happens to be present. Like others in the genus, this fish spends most of its time grazing on hard substrate for detritus and diatoms.

Family: Acanthuridae

Other common name(s):

  • Spotted Surgeonfish
  • Bristletoothed Surgeonfish
  • Goldring Surgeonfish
  • Slender-toothed Surgeonfish
  • Yelloweye Surgeonfish
  • Yelloweye Bristletooth
  • Kole's Tang

Native range:

Maximum length: 18 cm (7 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 285 L (75 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Feed a mixed diet, the bulk of which should consist of vegetable matter. Give it frozen foods that contain the blue-green algae Spirulina, and dried algae flakes or sheets. Vegetable matter should be introduced daily in an aquarium where algae is not present, and frozen foods should also be presented several times a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This is one of the less aggressive members of the family. Even so, it is best to keep only one per tank. It is also likely to be picked on by more bellicose acanthurids.

[edit] Notes

A number of similar species once synonymized with C. strigosus are now recognized as valid (e.g., C. truncatus.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Goldring BristletoothRDF feed
Common name Goldring Bristletooth  +, Spotted Surgeonfish  +, Bristletoothed Surgeonfish  +, Goldring Surgeonfish  +, Slender-toothed Surgeonfish  +, Yelloweye Surgeonfish  +, Yelloweye Bristletooth  +, and Kole's Tang  +
Family Acanthuridae  +
Genus Ctenochaetus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 7 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Eastern Central Pacific  +, Hawaiian Islands  +, Johnston Islands  +, Western Central Pacific  +, and Australia  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name strigosus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +