Unique Scopas Tang is a Looker Even With No Tail

Tail less fish are surprisingly more common in saltwater fish than you would think but this kind of amputation doesn’t seem to bother certain fish like the gorgeous near-adult scopas tang pictured here. This disabled Zebrasoma scopas was collected in the…

How to Keep Multiple Surgeonfish Tangs in the Same Aquarium [Video]

There’s been a lot of confusion regarding the keeping of surgeonfish in reef aquaria especially when it comes to keeping multiple specimens and several different species within the same tank. Experienced reefers have never had a problem keeping a yellow…

Kole Tang & Squaretail Tang Comparison

The bristlemouth surgeonfish of the Ctenochaetus genus are some of the most perfect aquarium fish with a size, behavior and disposition that seems tailor made for a life in a reef tank. There are many species available in the aquarium hobby…

This Yellow Scopas Koi is Turning Into a Dirty Bird

Rare fish fanciers will probably be well aware of the large aberrant Zebrasoma scopas that are frequently collected in the Maldives and in western Indonesia that are known as Koi Scopas tangs in the aquarium hobby. But it is less…

RVS Fishworld Stumps Us With a Wild Acanthurus Surgeonfish Hybrid

When you handle as many fish as RVS Fishworld does, especially within the Filipino region of the Coral triangle, you’re bound to come up with some real rare oddballs and hybrids. Today we learned that their network of fisherman have…

Anubis Tang is Probably the Rarest Surgeonfish Ever

We’ve been following Anubis, the one-off purple scopas tang hybrid, for almost a year now. Despite its radical juvenile appearance, we initially thought that the Purple X Scopas tang would lose its appeal as it grows. But we are glad…

Black and white Penguin tang is the latest aberrant Scopas to appear

Reefbuilders is the home of saltwater color morphs and has covered more koi, calico, yellow and piebald Scopas tangs than anyone else. So let us introduce you to our next example of polychromatism in Zebrasoma scopas, the Bicolor.

Powder Blue Tangs & Emperor Angelfish: Two Common Fish That New Reefkeepers Should Avoid

Reefkeeping is a paradox. We set up an aquarium to display all the wonderful diversity of the tropical oceans, only to be told that we can’t keep the vast majority of species in our tanks. I help out in my LFS on Saturdays and the following two species are probably the two that people ask me for and point out the most, only for me to deliver the grim news that they can’t have them. And here’s why.

This Wild Powder Blue Tang Has a White Dorsal Fin!

The powder blue tang is so named because of its sky blue body coloration, which is a different shade than other blue surgeonfish, most notably the regal blue tang, AKA Dory. Well apparently this is not the full evolution of…

Coral Loss Can Lead To Bigger Fish Size, But The Results Are Short-Lived

According to a new study published in Functional Ecology, turf algae that grows on dead coral branches is a food bonanza for herbivorous fish. Turf algae overgrows corals after bleaching events and herbivorous fish like parrotfish, surgeonfish and rabbitfish grow even bigger in…