ID on my surgeon

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  1. Pendragon

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    Could some one please Id this surgen please
     
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    Looks like a bristletooth tang, Pendragon. Did you buy this fish at an LFS, or wild-caught?
     
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    Pendragon Thread Starter

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    I bought him, If I remember correctly they sold it as a purple surgen but I have looked it up and find nothing. Still raccing my mind as to where I bought him.
     
  5. Lord_Blackadder

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    Not a bristletooth. Very likely Acanthurus dussumieri, but it can be tricky when they're so small. Sure it's not local? These are very common in KZN and I don't think I've ever seen an LFS import a small one.

    Made a guide to this group of surgeons:

    Black spot behind the eye - A. bariene
    Horseshoe behind the eye - A. fowleri
    Yellow stripe across the eye and yellow tail band - A. dussumieri
    Yellow stripe across the eye and white tail band - A. blochii
    Yellow stripe across the eye and yellow edge on pectoral fin - A. xanthopterus
    Faint wavy blue lines on the flanks - A. mata
    White spots on face - A.maculiceps
    Caudal spine socket orange - A. auranticavus
    Black stripe behind eye - A. nigricauda

    Juveniles don't have the eye stripes yet, but the yellowish tail band usually means A. dussumieri.
     
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    bollie Advanced Aquarist

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    I say BristleTooth as I had same 1...yellow on fins and tail is normal in bristletooth tangs... 1 thing that does nt look similar is the purple haze on the tail .....
     
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    Agree with Blackadder.
    That's definitely no Ctenothaetus ie bristletooth.
    I'm also betting dussumeiri
     
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    Another seconding for A. dussumieri or A. blochii... But probably A. dussumieri.
     
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    Pendragon Thread Starter

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    So I can hopefully settel on dussumeiri tang as the yellow gold lines, the black line on the gills that look like they are getting more prodominant.

    All my fish are from LF stores.

    Thanks guys we will see when he is his fully grown
     
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    When he's fully grown he'll be about half a meter long. :p
     
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    :y13::y13: Guess I need to start saving for a bigass tank. I think there should be a law to restrick sales as to the size of a adult fish, what do I do when he is full size and i know he won't stop growing cause I ask him, sertane fish should stay in the see. I know of a place with 3 groupers one is already 20cm big and i know its still a juvi what do you do with some thing like that, release it again.
     
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    They get big real quick, i caught one last season when it was about 4cm and it's already 17cm in a space of 8 months and still growing. They really beautifull when they start getting the lines on their face and body. Some mornings mine is a light grey with bright yellow lines when the lights come on and its feeding time.
     
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    It's about as purple as a white rhino is white, or a black rhino is black.
     
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    Looks local to me
     
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    Some pics I had from the thread I started when I wanted to ID a surgeon.

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    ACANTHURUS = BARIENE



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    DUSSUMIERI


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    FOWLERI

    Maybe this helps.
     
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    It's about as purple as a white rhino is white, or a black rhino is black.


    LOL!!!!!!!!
     
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    That is the one thing I have had him for a long time and he has not grown that much.
    could it be local.
     
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