The Spotted or Gem tang is the most expensive surgeonfish. Almost exclusively imported from Mauritius it is very rare in the marine aquaristic trade und fetches prizes in the four-digit range.
Regarding its husbandry its care requirements are similar to those of other Zebrasoma species, e.g. plenty of swimming space, a well-structured reef with many crevices to hide and sleep at night, highly oxygenated water and a predominately herbivore diet consisting of different macro algae supplemented by some frozen fare as mysid shrimps, krill etc.
Due to the distinct territorial behaviour of the Spotted tang towards conspecifics, fishbase.org recommends to keep it solitary, other sources, however, say that the Spotted tang may be kept successfully with other surgeonfish species.
Acanthurus gemmatus Valenciennes, 1835
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Zebrasoma (Genus) > Zebrasoma gemmatum (Species)