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Acanthurus sohal or the Sohal Tang is the most common imported fish from the Red Sea. It's attractive coloration makes it an excellent addition providing you take some extra care to adhere to it's requirements. The Sohal Tang is one of the most aggressive fish in it's genus. It is not unusual for this bully to terrorize and kill other fish in the tank that may compete with it's food source including all other tangs, parrotfish, many wrasses and triggers. It is believed that the caudal spines, which are very large, may be venomous. The Sohal Tang does not hesitate to use these viscious weapons.
Maximum Size: the Acanthurus sohal grows up to 12 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Sohal Tang prefers a tank of at least 100 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Diet: The Acanthurus sohal is a herbivore and likes to eat Dried Seaweed (best), marine algae, mysid shrimp, Spirulina, Romaine Lettuce (blanched) , fresh seaweed, and other meaty treats.
Level of Care: The Sohal Tang is a medium maintenance fish.
Behavior: The Sohal Tang may act peacefully toward other fish. Caudal fins might be.
Hardiness: This is a hardy fish.
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
Range: the Red Sea.
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