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The Zebrasoma scopas is famous for its color, shape and propensity to eat nuisance hair algae in the aquarium. It exhibits a long snout that enables the Zebrasoma tangs to reach filamentous algae in the aquarium which are out of reach for other Acanthurids and surgeonfish. The Juvenile Scopas Tang is solitary and never stays far from the cover of reef, whereas, the adult roams in the reef tank and can be found in pair, singly, or in large groups. There is no distinctive feature between males and females of this species. Having said that, Juvenile Scopas Tang show somewhat different body marking than that of adult ones with exaggerated dorsal and anal fins as well as thin white vertical lines that transverse the body. The Scopas Tang is easy to keep and care, especially in a reef aquarium. The Scopas Tang should be fed with freeze-dried algae sheet with a lettuce clip so it can browse throughout the day. Other food include substantial amount of plant material; including microalgae, broccoli, spinach, Spirulina flake food and dried algae sheets for a continued good health. The Scopas Tang is an aggressive fish towards other similar shaped fish, especially surgeonfish. It can be kept in groups or in pairs only in a large aquarium. The Scopas Tang is sexually dimorphic, with males having a patch of short, bristles on the caudal peduncle, which is not present in females. It can occasionally nip at the tissue of large-polyp stony corals, star polyps, Zoanthids, and this happens more when there is not enough algae growth in the aquarium. The Scopas Tang should be kept in an aquarium with 35 Gallons with plenty of swimming space. It thrives well in a water temperature of 74-82 degrees Fahrenheit and, pH of 8.1 to 8.4. The Scopas Tang often hosts ectoparasites, and are more susceptible to skin parasites as it is doesn?t produce any kind of slime like protective layer on it. The breeding is quite difficult in captivity and is not likely to spawn in the same. Mixing this species with others of the same genus can often create territorial issues.
When it arrived, I thought it was dead... But she pulled through! After a longggg drip acclimation, she got her color back and ate that evening!
Wonderful addition to my reef tank. She's already found her cave and is quite active. I think her coloration is beautiful. Amazing, calm, friendly. A must have.
Reviewed by: Allison Morris on
AT FIRST WHEN I PUT HIM IN MY TANK/ I THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD// THEN HE CAME TOO HIS SELF// DOING GREAT//
Reviewed by: patty on
exelent price size and health cant beat the price
Reviewed by: frank roldan on
very active always wanting something to eat very fun to watch.
Reviewed by: brian depriest on
The tang arrived a little stressed, but after the proper acclimation ,, he was tank ready. he is doing great, eating algae and pellet food. I love the arrive alive and the 15 day guarantee.
Thank you Saltwaterfish.
Reviewed by: Lou on
Tangs are my favorite! With snails and crabs...your reef is cleaned in no time. Always liked the yellow tang...but this guy is gorgeous! Arrived happy and healthy...been doing great since. My kids love this dude...he just glides all over the tank...awesome fish!
Reviewed by: Mike Courtney on
Arrived healthy and in very good shape! She was shy for only maybe a few hours and before you know it she was already zipping around the tank lol. awesome buy!
Reviewed by: Steve Myrtle on
Arrived in great shape! Was only shy for a few hours and then all of a sudden was zipping around the tank! Lol. Fun fish to watch. Great buy!!
Reviewed by: Steve Myrtle on
Stunning fish, very large and happy No regrets, great addition to my tank. Very satisfied with my purchase
Reviewed by: Mike on