Melanesia Sailfin Tang

Melanesia Sailfin Tang

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Zebrasoma velifer

Due to variations within species, your item may not look
identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between
individual specimen

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Color Form: Blue, Tan,
Yellow

Diet: Herbivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025

Max. Size: 1' 3"

Origin: Fiji, Indonesia,
Sumatra

Family: Acanthuridae

Minimum Tank Size: 180
gallons

 

The Sailfin Tang, also known as Pacific Sailfin Tang, has
an oval body shape with several rich, distinctive bold markings. It is brown in
color with light freckles on the nose. The body has five, vertical yellow stripes
with intricate markings within each stripe. Its tail begins with bright yellow
ending with blue highlights. Its appearance can practically double in size at
will by raising or lowering its tall dorsal and anal fins.

A 180 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide
plenty of swimming room. It is aggressive towards its own species and
conspecifics at times, but peaceful towards other fish in the tank. Introduce
like species at once.

 

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other
fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine
based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen their immune system, reduce
aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock
or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week.