Bristletooth Tomini Tang
Species: C. tominiensis
Binomial name: Ctenochaetus tominiensis J. E. Randall, 1955
This Tomini Tang has been pre-medically treated in quarantine for more than 5 weeks. Alien Reef Aquatics cares about sustaining the environment and selling only the healthiest fish to ensure our customers and our fish the best possible chance for long-term success. For more information please check out the process used to pre-medically treat our fish. (CLICK HERE)
The tomini tang or tomini surgeonfish is a marine reef tang in the fish family Acanthuridae which is endemic to central Indo-Pacific region from Indonesia to the Tonga Islands. It grows up to 6 inches (16 cm) in the wild. It has a golden brown color with light blue to yellow horizontal stripes over its body which change into spots towards the face. It also has a vividly yellow area surrounding the eye. In the aquarium trade it can be seen under a variety of common names, including yellow-eyed kole tang, striped bristletooth, and bristletooth tang.
This species is an herbivore, grazing algae on the shallow reef. It has also been commonly observed to clean algal growths from the shells of sea turtles. The tomini tang is a voracious algae eater and you will have algae mouth marks all over the glass of your aquarium in no time.
The species is commonly offered for sale in the marine aquarium trade, where it is valued for its algae-grazing habit. It can be aggressive toward other surgeonfish and needs high amounts of water movement when kept in captivity, where a minimum of a 70-gallon aquarium is required.