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Yellow Tang

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The yellow tang is a standard fish for salt-water aquariums. It is hardy, fairly resistant to disease, and in general a good citizen for either a fish-only or reef aquarium.

Tangs are also called surgeon fish due to the scalpel-like spine at the base of its tail. The territorial tang will swipe its tail at a target as a means of defense. It is a radiant canary yellow and is widespread from Hawaii to Indonesia and the Great Barrier Reef. A tank with plenty of live rock and decor to provide several hiding spots and a wide area for swimming is recommended. 

Care information:

  • Diet: Herbivore

  • Adult Size: Up to 8"

  • Temperature: 72 - 78°F

  • Water Parameters: sg 1.020-1.026; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12

  • Care Level: Easy

  • Tank Size: 55+ gallons

  • Tend to be most aggressive towards fish of similar form and color

  • Needs plenty of live rock and decor to provide several hiding spots and a wide area for swimming

  • Tangs tend to be most aggressive towards fish of similar form and color. 

  • Multiple Yellow Tangs must be introduced into a tank simultaneously, and only in larger tanks.
    To minimize aggression in a small aquarium it is recommended to have only one Tang.

Breed: Yellow Tang
Gender: Male
Location:   Union Square
Manhattan, NYC

Date Posted:  

March 11, 2015

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