Fish Guide

Purple Tang   (Zebrasoma xanthurum)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 0 to 66 ft.   Size: 8.5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 125+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Filamentous Algae, copepods, polychaetes, and other small invertebrates
Natural History: The Purple Tang is found in coral-rich or rocky-bottom areas of reefs. It is reported to favor areas with strong current. It uses its pharyngeal teeth to feed on filamentous algae
Husbandry: The Purple Tang is considered a hardy aquarium fish. It should be provided an aquarium that has a large swimming space and a some adequate hiding places. It requires a good diet and excellent water quality and it is reported to be vulnerable to head and lateral line disease (HLLE) when these long term care requirements are not met. The Purple Tang will likely be territorial and aggressive with other Zebrasoma tangs.

AKA: Yellowtail Tang

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