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- Sailfin Tang
- Pacific Sailfin
A very large fish for aquaria the Sailfin tang can grow to 40cm in the wild although in aquariums the maximum size is closer to 25cm.
Peaceful fish with unrelated tank mates it should not be housed with it's own kind unless in an extremely large tank. The Sailfin tang is an ideal community fish and a good beginner fish. This tang will become very quiet and will learn to eat from your fingers and follow you around the tank.
Due to it's size this fish should now be housed in anything less than a 4 foot tank and preferably 5 or 6 feet or more.
Normal reef flow is good for this fish but not of extreme importance,
No special requirements although ideally should have "day" and "night".
Omnivore although a large part of the diet is green matter. The sailfin will eat most foods offered including dry flake and pellet food, prepackaged frozen food, DIY mixes and nori.
Grows rapidly while young and growth rate slows with age.
Susceptible to the common fish diseases and health issues however hardier than some other tangs.
The sailfin tang can be easily frightened by the colour or design on clothing worn by those approaching the tank. If you should notice your fish leap to the opposite end of the tank and "cringe" pay attention to what you are wearing.
Affected by lateral line disease
Does it have any fish that it should not be housed with?
Considered to be totally reef safe although will take food from the mouths of coral.
Safe with other inverts.
No known visual differences between males and females.
Often found in lagoons, usually encountered singly or in pairs.
Which oceans and reefs it is found.
Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.
Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.
- Surgeonfishes, A.K.A. the Tangs by James Fatherree - Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine
- Zebrasoma veliferum - FishBase
- Hargreaves, Vincent B. 2002. The Complete Book of the Marine Aquarium