This surgeonfish species also feeds predominately on minute algae growing on rocks and other surfaces.
It spends the whole day rasping these algae off.
The smaller the specimen to be housed in a tank is, the easier it accepts substitional fare.
Provided the tank is large enough and has well-developed micro fauna, it is possible to keep a pair of Ctenochaetus strigosus in the same tank.
The species seems to be rather sensitive to the use of antibiotics. Kept in captivity it often loses weight for no apparent reason. This seems to be caused by an impaired intestinal flora.
The Spotted Surgeonfish has be reported not to get along well with Salarias fasciatus , chasing it permanently until it dies. A possible explanation for this behaviour may be that both species are food competitors sharing the same feeding pattern.
Acanthurus strigosus Bennett, 1828
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Acanthurinae (Subfamily) > Ctenochaetus (Genus) > Ctenochaetus strigosus (Species)