Tangs, Prionurus Genus

Do these species look good? P. Biafraensis P. Chrysirus


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I love tangs and I would love to have one of every genus eventually. I am wondering what experience people have with the Prionurus genus. I am specifically interested in P. Biafraensis and P. Chrysirus because they are tropical species and smaller. Pictures welcomed!
 
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This fish is a juvenile known as Yellowtail Surgeonfish with the latin name of Prionurus punctatus and a member of tang family. Very peaceful and grows in the wild to 2 feet. It is often confused with whitespot surgeon.
 
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I think P. Punctatus are definitely more beautiful and I would love to have a small one but I am interested in smaller members of the genus.

Do you have experience with P. Punctatus? How big do they get in captivity?
 

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I don’t have any experience, I hear as far as hardiness they’re more in line with an acanthurus tang as a group but I surprisingly know quite little about them.
 

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I love tangs and I would love to have one of every genus eventually. I am wondering what experience people have with the Prionurus genus. I am specifically interested in P. Biafraensis and P. Chrysirus because they are tropical species and smaller. Pictures welcomed!
Have you seen those species offered, by the way? I have only seen guttatus, and only online.
 
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I have seen P. Laticlavius and P. Punctatus online. I haven’t asked any of the local stores if they are on the distributors lists. P. Biafraensis would probably be difficult to get since I don’t think much comes out of Western Africa but P. Chrysirus is from Indonesia and there is definitely a supply chain for that area. It might take a special request to a collector though.
 

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I think P. Punctatus are definitely more beautiful and I would love to have a small one but I am interested in smaller members of the genus.

Do you have experience with P. Punctatus? How big do they get in captivity?
Ive seen them in the wild in Mexico and only a couple of times when I had my pet store but never ordered due to cost and what I would have had to charge
 

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I've had my Yellowtail Surgeonfish (Prionurus punctatus) for a few months now and he's been a chill tang for sure. Gets along with tank mates, just cruises around like a normal tang. He is the tank glutton though, so quick to aim at every pellet hitting the water that I have to almost throw the pellets in two separate areas at once for others to get fed.
 
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Do you have any other tangs?

I've had my Yellowtail Surgeonfish (Prionurus punctatus) for a few months now and he's been a chill tang for sure. Gets along with tank mates, just cruises around like a normal tang. He is the tank glutton though, so quick to aim at every pellet hitting the water that I have to almost throw the pellets in two separate areas at once for others to get fed.
 
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