Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal)

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Sohal Tang

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Sohal Tang

Acanthurus sohal

1136 Litres (300 US G.)

30-40 cm (11.8-15.7")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Sohal Tang, Red Sea Surgeonfish, Red Sea Clown Surgeon, Majestic Tang, Majestic Surgeon, Arabian Tang

Additional scientific names

Chaetodon sohal, Acanthurus carinatus, Ctenodon ruppelii


Red sea, and eastern Indian Ocean


These fish are difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This fish is very active and territorial towards its own species and similar looking fish.


Herbivorous, but also accepts mysis shrimp like the other tangs.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

These fish originate from steep slopes and drop offs at the edge of a reef system. They prefer a tank with a good current and aeration and lots of rocky décor. It is a very active fish so requires a lot of lateral swimming space.


A very active territorial fish.


This is a large oval-shaped fish with black and white horizontal stripes with metallic blue edging on the dorsal, anal and caudal fin. The face is predominantly grey with a pale yellow belly and pelvic fins. The caudal peduncle fin spine is orange.



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