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Sailfin Tang - Zebrasoma veliferum

Sailfin Tang - Zebrasoma veliferum
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Aquarium suitability:
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Minimum tank size:
135 Gallon
Maximum size:
15.7 inches
Reef compatibility:
Herbivore, Greens, Pellet, Flake
Central and South Pacific
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The Sailfin Tang is another member of the surgeonfishes and grows to be one of the largest of the commonly available tangsThe Sailfin Tang can be recognised by its pointed snout, tall dorsal and anal fins, sharp spine on the caudal peduncle, and colouration.

Adults have broad dark bands on a whitish background. Thin yellow lines run through this dark and light banding. The head is white with a black bar through the eye, and yellow dots and lines. The tail is yellow with a blue-white margin.

A common fish in the hobby, Sailfin Tang adds beauty to the aquarium with its striking color patterns. Breeding has not been accomplished in captivity, though it is known that females grow larger than their male counterparts. Sailfin Tangs are known to be territorial if not provided with enough space.

They can be fairly hardy once acclimated but will not do well in a tank that has not completed the aquarium nitrogen cycle. Try to add the Sailfin Tang to a tank that has been set up and running for at least 6 months and use aquarium test kit to test the water parameters before introducing. They also need highly oxygenated water provided through increased surface agitation

The Pacific Sailfin Tang is very similar and often confused with the Red Sea Sailfin Tang. The Red Sea Sailfin has more dots at the base of the body and more pronounced white spots covering the front third of the body. The Pacific Sailfin will not do well with other surgeonfish, especially other Sailfins, unless the tank is extremely large (public aquariums).

Maximum size: The Sailfin Tang grows upto 15 inches.

General size: This fish generally comes in size of 3 to 8 inches.

Minimum Tank Size: A 125 gallons or larger aquarium provides good environment for Sailfin Tang

Tank Conditions: The Sailfin Tang should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023

Habitat: The Sailfin Tang is found on coral reefs throughout the Indo-West Pacific.

In Australia it is recorded from south-western to north-western Western Australia and the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef.

Feeding and Diet: The Sailfin Tang are primarily herbivore and feeds on marine algae in the wild. They accept vitamin enriched flake foods, frozen and definitely live foods.

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