Animal Stories - Sailfin Tang


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   The Sailfin Tang is a hardy and attractive fish that is readily available and inexpensive, a good choice for a beginning marine enthusiast!
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Luis Ruiz - 2012-03-28
I have a 65 gal. tank and I'm introduce a juvenile Sailfin tang recently and a have to deal with a Coral Beauty harass him every 5 or 10 minutes. What can I do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-29
    Re-arrange the tank. That will sometimes distract the fish to find their new favorite spots and forget about the new guy.
  • Leah Stewart - 2014-10-06
    So i have found it best to do two things when ever i add a new fish. One i definately rearrange or add one or two things, try not to make one fish the only new thing in the tank. Then i always feed my tank  personaly a little heavier then normal this one feeding.) Its kind of a distraction and a reassurance the new fish will not affect their food. Ive had alot of success this way in many types of fish, in all water spectrums.
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WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
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Tanya Severson - 2012-04-21
I have a pacific sailfin tang. It kept hitting itself into its tank wall. It was in a 55 gallon tank with a tiger queen anthias a triblal blenny a cleaner wrasse a royal gramma a yashia gobye a coral beauty angel a sunrise dotty a pistol shrimp and a cleaner shirmp and a black cucumber.
Why does the sailfin tang slam itself into the tank wall?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-21
    Tangs get stressed very easy. Anything new in the tank or environment that could be stressing him. Maybe turn the lights out and let it relax. check your water levels as well.
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Luis Rosario - 2011-07-27
I just purchased a White-faced Surgeonfish. Now I have a Sail-fin tang in the tank as well. Sailfin is constantly chasing the Surgeonfish. Are Sail-fin territorial? Will the Sail-fin continue, till it harm the White-faced Surgeonfish or will they get along in time? Thank u.

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  • Paul - 2011-08-29
    The size matters here. Tank size and addition timing as well. The A. Japonicus will be more timid, and bullied by other tangs. I had mine just over a year, and just got rid of it, as it developed coral grazing habits in an undersized system, waiting on a larger build. So I'm afraid to add it to the new tank. It was the only lg fish in the tank out of a total of 3 fish. One being a chromis, and the other a blenny (LMB). So it was the show fish.

    You might be ok in time. Both are superiorly beautiful! I've owned both.
    But each time, one was the show fish. What you have is like a purple tang with a sailfin, the sailfin will lose to a purple. And a Japonicus will lose to a sailfin. Sexing may also be a problem. Only time will tell. There's not set rule that never breaks.

    Yes the Sailfin will be territorial
  • Michael - 2012-03-09
    I got the same problem before and same fish like you too. well in a couple of days the sailfin will calm down and stop harrassing the white-face. but the best way is ( if possible) you have to take all the fish out from the tank and using the water from the tank , put in a separate container with a heater so the water doesn,t get cold. then you take all the fish out, leave them out for about half an hour together. Keep an eye on them, then put the white-face back in the tank first , leave it in the tank for about another half an hour then you put the sailfin back in and the rest of the other fish if you have any. This is the best solution. Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Dennis - 2006-11-23
I have to remove my sailfin tang any time i add a new fish to my 210 gallon. i have to put him in the isolation tank for at least two weeks before i put him back into the 210... or he will bully the new fish to death. I do not put anything in the tank under about 8 inches because of the lionfish, panther grouper and large puffers... all full grown.

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  • Joshua - 2010-11-07
    The fact that you have several foot-long or more fish (that panther'll be close to 2 feet) in a 2-foot wide tank should be more of a problem then whether the supposed- least dominant fish in your tank acts up at new introductions...
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Paul price - 2004-04-11
a stunning fish, a good community member, peaceful and a good algae grazer. Paul price.

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lovensummer - 2010-11-12
We have a 120 gallon salt water tank. We have a blue sturgeon, yellow tang a sailfin tang, coral beauty and some others. We bought a naso, a gold rim tang and a green wrasse probably with in the last month. Was looking at our tank and those 3 are now gone, cannot find. Does anyone know what could have happened or who could have ate them?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-11-21
    Seeing what someone else wrote about sailfin tangs, they had a moon wrasse eat/kill their sailfin tang. I am wondering if that was your case as well, but it being your green wrasse.
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paul - 2010-01-24
My sailfin's name was Dreamgirl. She was a beautiful fish who I grew very fond of. She would actually rub against my finger when I fed her. I sadly lost her to an unknown disease. She is and always will be missed. I became very attached to her.

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  • bo - 2010-04-11
    Go to all pet.
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Kristin - 2008-03-04
I bought a Sailfin Tang for an Oceanography Project at school. As I read about this fish being aggressive and grows up to fifteen inches, I am amazed. My fish grew to maybe two inches before it was sadly eaten by a Moon Wrasse. But Bobby[the Sailfin Tang] never was aggressive, it just floated in the back of the aquarium. I assume it was from the Moon Wrasse that caused Bobby to act like that. And Bobby must have been a female since (s)he only grew to two inches.
R.I.P. Bobby![Er ... Bobina?]

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