Red Sea Clown TangFamily: Acanthuridae Acanthurus sohalPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
This is a beautiful fish that is rarely seen. Notice the orange 'tang' on the caudal peduncle just in front of the tailfin. Also the fluorescent blue fringe on the edges of the fins. Isn't the Sohal Tang or Red Sea Clown Tang magnificent!
The Sohal Tang or Red Sea Clown Tang is from the Red Sea and the Western Indian ocean. Although fish from the Red Sea are generally more expensive, they are always net caught and are handled with more care, which gives them a much better survival rate. These fish are somewhat difficult to keep, but you should be able to obtain a very healthy specimen which increases the chances of this fish surviving in the aquarium.
For more Information on keeping marine fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Sohal tang - Dancing fish, Acanthurus sohal
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Video of a very upset Sohal Tang in the wild!
This short clip demonstrates why the Sohal Tang, Acanthurus sohal, is referred to as aggressive! While they will adapt to other fish that have been in the tank after they arrive, adding new tangs or wrasses is unwise, since they will attack them. They are very territorial as this video shows! No this fish is "warning" the divers to stay away, but it does appear to be dancing! These tangs grow to 16" and need a 250 gallon tank or larger. Like other tangs the Sohal Tang is high energy and needs to be fed several times a day and should have algae sheets to nibble on in between.
Sohal Tang - Red Sea Clown Tang (Acanthurus sohal)
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Sohal Tang in dealer's tang.
This video shows the wisdom of the store because this tang is alone! A Sohal Tang, Acanthurus sohal, needs to be the only tang in the tank and will attack any fish, including wrasses that are added after they have settled in. One video showed a 3" Sohal Tang attacking a newly added 8" Sohal Tang! While they are younger and smaller, they pose less of a threat, but as they grow, most aquarists have to decide between their Sohal Tang and the other tangs in the tank. They are very aggressive once acclimated and have been known to charge after a hand that is in their space! Most of this aggression is from males, however females can be quite nasty once they grow up! Provide your 16" tang with 250 gallons or more of space!
Breeding/Reproduction: Probably will not be accomplished in captivity. See the description in the Breeding Marine Fish page.