This Tang may be safe in larger reef aquariums; it will generally not bother corals but will show aggression towards other Tangs and similar fish. In the wild it eats the algal film from the sandy bottom, consuming both the algae and any smaller plankton in the algal film or top layers of the sand. It will require considerable swimming space and be constantly offered algae/kelp based foods, and may eat some of the meaty foods like mysis, clam or squid.