The Japan Surgeonfish or Brown Powder Tang is to be considered as sensitive as Acanthurus leucosternon or the Blue Powder Tang.
To put it mildy, it has a rather poor report of survival in captivity. Especially the Brown Powder Tang is often caught by using poison which harms its health even before shipment.
As the Blue Powder Tang, the Brown Powder Tang is very susceptible to marine ich, so using an uv sterilizer is highly recommended.
Healthy and acclimated specimen are generally good community fish which should be fed a diet rich in vegetable matter supplemented by meaty fare like krill etc. Since it is an active swimmer it should be offered ample of swimming space.
We think that whether you will be able to successfully establish a Japan Surgeonfish in your tank also depends on the condition in which the fish arrives and how fast its intestinal microflora will adapt to substitute food.
Acanthurus japonica (Schmidt, 1931)
Acanthurus japonicas (Schmidt, 1931)
Hepatus aliala japonicus Schmidt, 1931
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Acanthurinae (Subfamily) > Acanthurus (Genus)