Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

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Yellow Tang

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Yellow Tang

Zebrasoma flavescens

284 Litres (75 US G.)

17.8-20.3cm (7-8 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Yellow Tang, Yellow Hawaiian Tang, Yellow Sailfin Tang, Lemon Surgeonfish

Additional scientific names

Acanthurus flavescens

Origin[edit | edit source]

In shallow reefs in the South Pacific Ocean, mainly Hawaii, Marshall and Wake islands.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It is difficult to visually sex this fish.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

The Yellow Tang will be aggressive towards other Tangs, only one Yellow Tang should be kept to a tank. They will cohabit with other robust species.

Diet[edit | edit source]

This Tang is an omnivore, preferring blanched vegetables to meat, and will accept dried seaweed, marine algae, mysid shrimp, spirulina, blanched vegetables and will graze on algae.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish is suitable for both fish only and reef tanks. They are almost always on the move so a laterally spacious tank allowing for plenty of swimming room is essential.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

The Yellow Tang can be aggressive to fish of its own species and other Tangs.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive and popular saltwater fish. It is oval-shaped and laterally depressed in shape with a long pointed snout. It is vivid yellow in colour, giving it its common name.

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