Indonesian Sawtail Tang *RARE*

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The Indonesian Sawtail Tang, scientifically known as Zebrasoma scopas, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Acanthuridae. It is commonly referred to as the tangs or surgeonfishes. It is native to the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the seas around Indonesia, hence its common name.

Here are some key characteristics and features of the Indonesian Sawtail Tang:

Appearance: The Indonesian Sawtail Tang has a distinctive appearance with a slender, elongated body and a distinctive saw-like spine at the base of its tail, which gives it its name. Its body is typically a pale yellow to tan, with horizontal lines or stripes running along its sides. The fins may have a bluish tint, especially the dorsal and anal fins.
Size: It typically grows to a length of around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimetres), although larger specimens have been recorded.

Behaviour: Like other tangs, the Indonesian Sawtail Tang is generally peaceful but may become aggressive towards conspecifics (other fish of the same species) or other tangs if kept in a small aquarium or with insufficient hiding spots.

Diet: This species primarily feeds on algae and small invertebrates in the wild. In captivity, a varied diet should be offered that includes marine algae, seaweed, and quality prepared foods suitable for herbivorous marine fish.

Habitat: Indonesian Sawtail Tangs inhabit coral reefs and rocky areas with abundant algae growth. They are often found in shallow coastal waters but can also be found at moderate depths.

Aquarium Care: To keep Indonesian Sawtail Tangs in captivity, a large aquarium with plenty of swimming space and hiding spots is recommended. They require pristine water conditions with adequate filtration and regular water changes. Live rock with algae growth can help mimic their natural habitat and provide grazing opportunities.

Compatibility: While generally peaceful, Indonesian Sawtail Tangs may exhibit aggression towards other tangs or similarly shaped fish. Introducing them to the aquarium last or providing plenty of space and hiding spots to reduce aggression is best.

Overall, the Indonesian Sawtail Tang is prized by marine aquarium enthusiasts for its striking appearance and peaceful demeanour. This makes it a popular choice for reef aquariums with appropriate tank mates and conditions. However, proper care and attention to water quality are essential for its health and well-being in captivity.

  • Care level: Moderate
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Approximate Size: Medium
  • Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons 
  • Size: Large: 3" to 4"

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