• Maximum fish size: 40 cm (15.7″)
  • Temperature tolerance range: 22°C – 28°C
  • Minimum aquarium volume: ~ 800L [211 gal]
  • Advancement level: easy
  • Nutrition: algae, plant foods, frozen foods (artemia, krill, others)
  • Aggression: aggressive towards other Acanthuridae, especially Zebrasomas
  • Reef safety: safe
  • Distribution: East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, Red Sea, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific


Commonly known as the sailfin tang. A beautiful and easy to maintain fish from the Acanthuridae family, Zebrasoma (surgeonfish) genus. Due to its size, it will eventually need a fairly large tank. If there are more Acanthuridae in the aquarium, they will establish a hierarchy. It’s worth letting them in in order from the least to the most aggressive. Zebrasomas can fight each other when in a shared space, but keeping more than one tank is still possible

Surgeonfish spend most of their time picking algae from rocks. So if we don’t have algae on the rocks, then the animal should be provided with an algae clip, which they’ll nibble on. 

Due to the relatively high price, it’s a species rarely found in marine aquariums.

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Marek Protasewicz

Reefkeeping has been my passion for over 10 years now. I love learning. The hobby has taught me many valuable lessons, patience being the best example.
Combining work and passion is my path. I run Crazy Coral, a marine aquarium shop, for a number of years. Building this business from the scratch I learnt from my own mistakes at a heavy cost.
Later I managed a project aimed at development of methods for quick growth of Corals in non-natural conditions. The project was carried out by Get Sales, Poland.
Presently, I am responsible for distribution strategy at Reef Factory, of which I am a
co-founder. The company produces smart devices for marine aquaristics.
The last projects I have been involved in are Social Reef and ReefPedia.

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