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Zebrasoma desjardinii
Dejardin's Sailfin Tang, Red Sea Sailfin Tang, Indian Sailfin Surgeonfish

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Name: Zebrasoma desjardinii
Size BehaviorReef
Origin: Indian Ocean
40 cm Loner Low Risk

Comment

My Zebrasoma desjardini has a white/clear opaque colored tail. They have great personalities and will do just fine as the only tang in a tank. Since this species can grow large, I would recommend AT LEAST a 200 L tank, but you may have to remove it from the tank or upgrade the current tank it's in. I would recommend adding one after you have added other fish that don't hide so much. This species can be shy. I suggest having many hiding spots for this fish before adding one. They have a very high metabolism and need to be fed regularly. I personally attach seaweed strips to a clip on the glass of my tank twice a day. It is mainly herbivorous, but my sailfin tang will eat mysis shrimp also. It will graze on algae on the rocks and very rarely will it graze on algae on the substrate. If it does, I take it as a sign that it's hungry and needs to be fed more often. In larger tanks, they can be added with more than one of their own species or any other fish in the genus Zebrasoma, but I would add them all at the same time. They are also compatible with tangs that are not in the genus Zebrasoma. I would recommend having excellent water conditions before adding one as it can be sensitive to water quality and it is very sensitive to Ich. Finally, I would highly recommend drip acclimating this species or any other tang for a minimum of 1 hour. I personally acclimated mine for at least 2 hours.

Contributed by Philip Lessans
Comment

My Zebrasoma desjardini has great personality and gets along perfectly with its other tank mates. This species will do just fine as the only tang in a tank. This species can be shy so I suggest adding one after youíve added other less aggressive fish to your tank. I suggest having many hiding spots for this fish before adding one. They have a very high metabolism and need to be fed regularly. I personally attach seaweed strips to a clip on the glass of my tank at least twice a day. It is mainly herbivorous, but my sailfin tang will eat mysis shrimp also. It will graze on algae on the rocks and very rarely will it graze on algae on the substrate. If it does graze the substrate I interpret it as a sign that it's hungry and needs to be fed. In larger tanks they can be added with more than one of its species or any other fish in the genus Zebrasoma, but I would add them all at the same time. I donít recommend more than 1 Sailfin tang in a tank that is less than 700 liters to prevent fighting; however, people have had success with keeping more than one in less than 700 liters. They are also compatible with tangs that are not in the genus Zebrasoma. I would recommend having excellent water conditions before adding one as it can be sensitive to water quality and it is very sensitive to Ich. Finally, I would highly recommend drip acclimating this species or any other tang for a minimum of 1 hour. I personally acclimated mine for at least 2 hours.

Contributed by Philip Lessans
Comment

My Sailfin Tang is very hardy and also quite adaptative. The only problem I have with him is that he is the tank bully. I added him last in the tank. He still thinks he is King. Mainly, he picks on my Regal Blue Tang. Luckily, this is not constant and the Regal Blue has stood up for herself on occasion. They have lived together successfully for over one year. The Sailfin Tang eats a lot, and eats everything from seaweed to mysis shrimp, to brine shrimp, to Formula One and Two Flake food. I got the Sailfin Tang when he was a little skinny. Now he is quite chubby.

Contributed by Irene LinDilorinzo

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