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Photo of the Week - Zebrasoma gemmatum

One of the rarest tangs in the trade, the Zebrasoma gemmatum is found near reefs along the east coast of Africa, Madagascar and surrounding islands (Western Indian Ocean). They have been known to reach a size of nearly 9 inches in the wild, though this is unlikely in captivity. They are extremely territorial, and are almost always found alone.

Like all Zebrasoma genus tangs, they like to graze, so giving them a large amount of algae to eat is beneficial. In lieu of hair algae, soaked nori sheets can elicit a good feeding response. We also feed them a mix of meaty foods including Gamma Mysis, and Gamma Krill. They also take to pelletized food quite well.