Sailfin Tang

Sailfin Tang

The Sailfin Tang, also known as the Desjardini Sailfin or Ocean Sailfin Tang, has a very unique body shape that can force any onlooker to pay attention to it. Its appearance can practically double in size at will by raising or lowering its sizeable dorsal and anal fins.

A 400 litre or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It is aggressive towards its own species and con-specifics at times, but peaceful towards other fish, so keep only one except in a very large tank.

Many hobbyists suggest that in order to keep Sailfin Tangs in great health it requires a constant supply of filamentous algae which will strengthen their immune system. 

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine-based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression, and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a clip, and feed at least 3 times per week.

Minimum Tank Size400 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1' 4"
Colour Form: Black, Blue, White, Yellow
Diet: Herbivore
Family: Acanthuridae
Origin: Africa, Maldives, Sri Lanka

Find out where you can buy a Sailfin Tang near you

Click Here

Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. This fish is a wonderful addition to our tank. It is very colorful and is very relaxing to watch. If this is your first time having a tang this tang is right for you!!!

  2. My husband is not a saltwater fan, due to all the algae that grows in the tank. After buying this fish, though, he has really taken a liking to the whole idea of investing in this hobby because the Sailfin Tang eats everything in the tank. Things that grow on the glass are very annoying to us because we have to clean more often than we care to. Since we bought this wonderful fish, we do less cleaning. Everyone should own one. They are also very delicate and very beautiful to sit and watch.

Leave a Comment