Fish Guide

Sohal Tang   (Acanthurus sohal)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Red Sea
Depth: 0 to 66 ft.   Size: 16 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 250+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Algae, zooplankton, detritus
Natural History: Sohal Tangs are generally found as solitary individuals or in small groups on seaward reef edges with strong surge. They are very territorial. The caudal spine is reported to be venomous. They naturally feed on Sargassum and filamentous green algae.
Husbandry: Sohal tangs are very aggressive as adults and only one specimen should be kept in an aquarium with other tanks of the genus Acanthurus. They primarily eat algae but should be fed it a varied diet for best success. Underfed Sohal Tangs may nip at stony corals. The Sohal tang has been known to kill its rival tankmates in captivity.

AKA: Red Sea Clown Tang, Sohal Surgeonfish

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