Yellow Tang

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Yellow Tang

This marine aquarium fish is known as Yellow Tang and the correct latin name is Zebrasoma flavescens. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) It's origin is Pacific Ocean. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

A semi-aggressive fish.

Yellow Tang can grow up to 20 cm what is approximately 7 inches. 1 specimen basically needs at least 2400cm2 of water surface which is approximately 372 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums have at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Yellow Tang fish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The pH level should be stable, varying between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for marine fish.

Yellow Tang should not be kept with other tangs and fish with similar colour and body shape, otherwise those fish will be taken as competition and Yellow Tang will bully them. Another problem could be when you put a new fish into the tank. Z. Flavescens will fight with the new fish. So you should put the Yellow Tang into the tank as the last fish, or some aquarists take out the Tang from the tank for a few days while the new fish are new in the tank and only then they put the Tang back. However, Yellow Tang should be peaceful during different situations.

This fish is an omnivore. You should feed them dried seaweed, algae, spinach, shrimps, worms and other meaty food so they have a balanced diet. There should be no problem with eating.

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Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the picture. Copyright Ken Leonard.

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