Sailfin Tang

Sailfin Tang
Sailfin Tang, (Bloch, 1797)
Zebrasoma veliferum

Native to: Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique. Pacific Ocean: Indonesia to the Hawaiian and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and Rapa Island. (fishbase.org)

Max Length:15.7″

Description: This quick agile fish is a great choice for community reef tanks. This is the least aggressive of the tangs within its genus. They will typically leave corals alone if well fed.

Feeding: Like other members of the Zebrasoma genus, this fish requires frequent feedings primarily of vegetable matter. Its staple food should be marine algae. Additional high quality pellet food and frozen food should be fed as well as occasional treats including small pieces of zucchini, broccoli, and lettuce.

Special Notes: Use caution when your hands are in the water with this animal as it has a sharp bone protruding from its body which it will use as a defense mechanism.

Random Fact: In the Indian Ocean, this species is replaced with the Desjardinii Tang, Zebrasoma desjardinii.

Sources:
Michael, Scott; Marine Fishes
fishbase.org(image)
wetwebmedia.com

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