Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal) Care
The Sohal Tang, Acanthurus sohal, is also known as the Sohal Surgeonfish. These fish come from the Western Indian Ocean. They have a grayish body with blue and black horizontal lines and a brilliant orange spine. 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.
Sohal Tangs can reach up to 16″ and require an aquarium of at least 250 gallons with strong water flow and lots of swimming area. These tangs are more aggressive than most and will attack other tangs or fish that are similar in size or appearance. 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
Small: 2” to 2½”
Small-Medium: 2½” to 3½”
Medium: 3½” to 4½”
Medium-Large: 4½” to 5½”
Large: 5½” to 6½”
Extra Large: 6½” to 7½”
Extra Extra Large: 7½” to 8½”
Show: 8½” to 10½”