Yellowtail Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)

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Yellowtail Tang

Zebrasoma xanthurum

Challenging

sg

1.020 - 1.025

pH

8.1 - 8.4

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8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Herbivore
Other (See article)

8-12 years

Family

Acanthuridae



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Additional names

Yellowtail Tang, Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Blue Surgeonfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Purple Tang

Additional scientific names

Acanthurus xanthurus


Origin

Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to the Persian Gulf.

Sexing

Tank compatibility

Purple Tangs can be very aggressive to other Tangs, particularly to towards other Zebrosoma species.

Diet

A herbivorous fish, will take dried seaweed, marine algae, mysid shrimp, Spirulina, blanched Romaine Lettuce or fresh seaweed.

Feeding regime

Ideally they should be fed everyday with 3-4 supplemental feedings of dried algae.

Environment Specifics

They are sensitive to water quality, needs an SG of 1.020 - 1.025. As with all Tangs, they need relatively large tanks, over 284 Litres (75 US G.).

Behaviour

It does get territorial and can be aggressive to new additions to the tank as it gets older. Should not be kept with similarly shaped Tangs.

Identification

They have a deep purple-blue body with a bright yellow tail and bright yellow accents on the pectoral fins. They have a single spine (or “scalpel”) on each side used for defence.

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