Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean: Central and South
Depth: 7 to 151 ft. Size: 8 in. Jumps: No Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, microscope and filamentous, benthic copepods.
Natural History: Yellow Tangs are found on rocky reefs in a variety of reef zones. They may be found singly or in small groups grazing on algae.
Husbandry: Yellow Tangs may feed on soft and stony corals if they are undernourished. They can become very aggressive with other tangs after introduction to an aquarium and multiple individuals should be introduced simultaneously. This species should be fed a diet rich in algae. The phytochromes (pigments) are important to the maintenance of its yellow color.
Reproduction: Breeding in Yellow Tangs has been reported to be as pair- or group-spawning. Group-spawning females were observed to swim through male territories and were courted by them.
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