Sailfin Tang Desjardinii Ind O


Sailfin Tang (desjardinii Ind O).

  • Sailfin Tang desjardinii Ind O
  • Zebrasoma desjardinii
  • Care: Intermediate
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Group Size: Alone or mixed tang group
  • Place of origin: Indian ocean, red sea
  • Coral Safe: Generally yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally yes
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Sailfin Tangs (desjardinii Ind O), Zebrasoma desjardinii, also go by the name Indian Sailfin Surgeonfish. Like all Zebrasoma, they are recognisable thanks to their disc shaped body and large sail like fins. These fish have very ornate bodies and make great additions to marine tanks.

These Tangs belong to the Acanthuridae family. This family also includes Sawtails and Unicornfish. The defining trait for the Acanthuridae family, is the presence of scalpels or spines on both sides of the caudal peduncle. These are used for defence and are usually brightly coloured to act as a deterrent. For Sailfin Tangs desjardinii Ind O, their weapons are highlighted in blue.

Sailfin Tangs desjardinii also belong to the subfamily Acanthurinae. Which means these fish have one spine on each side. These spines are set into a groove and erected by curving the tail. In contrast, the other two subfamilies own fixed spines. Unicornfish, or Nasos, have one or more hooked spine, while Sawtails develop a series of spines with age. Sometimes up to seven. Sawtails are made up of the genus Prionurus only and not seen in trade.

Sailfin Tang (desjardinii Ind O), Zebrasoma desjardinii, Ecology.

As the name may suggest, these fish are widespread in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Their range includes: Java, East Africa, Myanmar and Thailand and west Sumarta. Sailfin Tangs desjardinii live on coral reefs. Juveniles like sheltered areas, such as protected reefs or lagoons. Adults occur on reef slopes or flats.

On the reef, Sailfin Tangs, Zebrasoma desjardinii Ind O, graze on algae. Like many Tangs, these fish can be helpful for controlling algae growth. Left unchecked, algae could outcompete slower growing coral species for space and light. Their help can be more pronounced on shallower reefs that capture more sunlight.

Indian Sailfin Surgeonfish In the Aquarium.

It is important to have plenty of nooks or crannies in order to copy the natural environment. This will help your Sailfin Tang desjardinii Ind O establish its own territory. Aquaroche and Aquaroche shelves can be helpful for this. Hobbyists should also think about using a jump guard to stop any loses.

Sailfin Tangs desjardinii Ind O, or Indian Sailfin Surgeonfish, do best when fed a varied diet. Here they are eating a good quality pellet and flake food, such as Jbl Maris. Our Tangs are also offered ocean nutrition seaweed, that can be stuck to the side of the tank with clips.

They will happily eat enriched frozen: mysis shrimp and brine shrimp and krill, in the case of the larger fish. We enrich all our frozen food with seachem garlic guard and Atvitol vitamins. These are imperative for keeping fish healthy by providing them with the nutrition otherwise lost in frozen food. In doing so, these additives support their immune systems and increase longevity. The garlic is also useful for helping to ward off white spot. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about feeding your Sailfin Tang, desjardinii Ind O.

In addition, Tangs will also eat live foods, such as copepods and amphipods, that can be cultivated in attached refugium. Our Tangs are adapted to aquarium life before being offered for sale. So they are eating dry food and/or frozen food when they leave us.

Tangs live alone or in groups. If considering the latter, feel free to give us a call to discuss further. Hobbyists can keep multiple tangs together, although we encourage you seek advice if you are unsure or have questions.


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