Sailfin Tang

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Sailfin Tang

This species is known as Sailfin Tang and the correct latin name is Zebrasoma veliferum. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) It's origin is Western Indian Ocean. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

A peaceful fish.

Sailfin Tang can grow up to 40 cm what is approximately 15 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 4800cm2 of water surface which is approximately 744 square inch. We recommend you to keep it in fish tanks which are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Capacity of very large aquariums is at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Sailfin Tang fish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

It may be aggressive towards fish their species, or towards bigger fish, or it may be aggressive for a few days towards fish with similar body shape and size.

A herbivore. It will eat algaes from the tank, but sometimes it will eat frozen food too.

Sailfin Tang picture no. 1

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Sailfin Tang picture no. 3

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

Sailfin Tang picture 4

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