Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Sailfin Tang, also known as the Pacific Sailfin Tang, are native to waters around Indonesia, Fiji, and Sumatra. While the Sailfin tang may not be as bright when compared to some other Zebrasoma, their tall, oval body shape, nose freckles and bold markings make it an iconic fish in the saltwater hobby. This tang is very active and hardy, making it suitable for large fish-only and reef aquariums. An adult Sailfin tang can reach a size of approximately 12″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild tangs are primarily herbivorous. A diet largely consisting of algae-based foods is absolutely necessary to maintain optimal health, coloration, immune function, and reduce aggression. If not, tangs often develop head and lateral line erosion from such deficiencies. Vegetable based flake foods or frozen foods, that may also include spirulina algae, are excellent options. We also recommend offering dried seaweed on a rock or clip three times a week minimum. Sailfin tangs will consume various other protein-based frozen foods.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 125 gallon aquarium with 18+ inch width is ideal. Smaller specimens can be temporarily raised in smaller quarters (no less than 75 gallons) as long as it is upgraded accordingly. This tang enjoys a variety of rock work and crevices to take refuge, but also should be provided with open swimming space. Sailfin tangs are often sought after to add to a reef aquarium for not only their bold appearance, but their natural tendency to graze upon algae build up. Typically, Zebrasoma species are semi-aggressive and territorial in nature. If you are looking to avoid potential rough-housing with other tank-mates, it can help to introduce this fish near last or last. Additionally, Zebrasoma often conflict with conspecifics (including other species within the genus) or fish that have a similar body shape. If you want to house various types of tangs together, it is best to add them all at once, or closely together at the very least, for the best success. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″; Medium: 2-3/4″ to 3-3/4″; Large: 4″ to 4-3/4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.