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Longnose Sailfin Tang

posted: 05/15/12
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Longnose Sailfin Tang
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The Longnose Sailfin Tang, also known as the Black Longnose Tang or the Longnose Surgeonfish, has a jet black oval body with blue pectoral fins, and an obvious white spot at the peduncle spines near the tail.

A 100 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It should be the only Tang in the community tank and should be the last fish added to the aquarium.

The diet of the Longnose Tang should consist of dried or frozen herbivore food, marine algae, and vegetarian items such as Spirulina, zucchini, broccoli, leaf lettuce, and dried seaweed. Maintain a strict herbivore diet to retain the jet black coloration.

Like other tangs or surgeonfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Anthias, Basslets, Blennies, Boxfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Eels, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Groupers, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Squirrelfish and Wrasse.

Fish Facts

Name: Longnose Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma rostratum)

Family: Acanthuridae

Range: Christmas Island

Size: Up to 10 inches

Diet: Herbivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 100 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Group Spawner

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