Sailfin Tang, Desjardinii (Zebrasoma desjardinii) Care
The Desjardinii Sailfin Tang, Zebrasoma Desjardinii, is also known as the Indian Sailfin Surgeonfish and the Red Sea Sailfin Tang. These fish come from the Indian Ocean. Their colors can vary quite a bit, but they generally have a gray body with colorful yellow, white and blue vertical stripes. They have spots on both the face and tail. Tangs are also known as surgeonfish because they have a scalpel-like spine at the base of the tail, be sure to handle them with care!
Tangs are herbivores and require a diet rich in foods such as macroalgae, dried seaweed, and enriched vegetable flakes. They should be fed a couple of times a day. Despite being herbivores, they will happily eat meaty foods fed to other tank inhabitants.
Desjardinii Sailfin Tangs can reach up to 16″ and require an aquarium of at least 180 gallons with strong water flow and lots of swimming area. They will be peaceful with almost all fish EXCEPT other tangs. If you want to add multiple tangs to a tank, it is best to add them at the same time so none of them have pre-established territories.
They are reef safe.
NOTE: Tangs are very susceptible to getting ich; always quarantine them before introducing them to your main tank.
Approximate Purchase Size
Tiny: up to 1½”
Small: 1½” to 2”
Small-Medium: 2” to 2½”
Medium: 2½” to 3½”
Medium-Large: 3½” to 4”
Large: 4” to 4½”
Extra Large: 4½” to 5½”
Extra Extra Large: 5½” to 6½”