Pacific Sailfin Tang

Updated August 2, 2019
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The Pacific Sailfin Tang is another member of the surgeonfishes and grows to be one of the largest of the commonly available tangs. The Pacific Sailfin Tang will need at least a 125 gallon tank (473 liters), preferably larger, to allow for adequate swimming space and to accommodate for their potential adult size of 15 inches (39 cm).

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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 to a tank that has been set up and running for at least 6 months and use your aquarium test kit to test the water parameters before introducing.

You will also need highly oxygenated water provided through increased surface agitation (multiple power heads) and the use of a protein skimmer.

This tang is very similar and often confused with the Red Sea Sailfin Tang. The Red Sea Sailfin Tang 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).

They should primarily eat marine algae and having lots of live rock in your tank will provide plenty of grazing opportunities in between meals. Try to give them a varied diet and supplement the diet with marine seaweed using a veggie clip.

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Pacific Sailfin Tangs can be susceptible to marine ich (like most saltwater species) and you will definitely need to use a quarantine tank before introducing them into your main tank. Keep them in the hospital tank for two weeks or so and watch for any outbreaks.

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Sailfin Tang Care

Scientific Name : Zebrasoma velifer

Common Names : Sailfin Tang

Care Level : Easy to Moderate

Size : Up to 15 inches (39 cm)

Life span : 5 - 7 years or longer

pH : 8.1 - 8.4

Temperature : 75°F - 82°F (25°C - 28°C)

Specific Gravity : 1.020 - 1.025

Carbonate Hardness (dKH) : 8 - 12°

Origin / Habitat : Indo-Pacific

Temperament / Behavior : They may be aggressive with other tangs, especially other Sailfin Tangs. May get bullied by other surgeonfish. They also are constantly on the move and will need a larger tank for swimming space.

Breeding : Very difficult to breed in captivity.

Aquarium Size : 125 gallon (473 liters) minimum

Tank Mates : Use caution when selecting tank mates. Avoid keeping them with other species of tangs.

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Diet / Foods : Primarily an herbivore and feeds on marine algae in the wild. Try to give them a variety of marine foods but predominantly marine algae. Having plenty of live rock for them to graze on goes will definitely help. They should accept vitamin enriched flake foods, frozen and definitely live foods.

Tank Region : All over

Gender : Difficult to determine the differences between males and females.

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