Yellow Tang


The Yellow Hawaiian Tang is for many aquarists, the definitive fish of home saltwater aquariums. With its oval-shaped, vibrant yellow body, Zebrasoma flavescens brightens any marine system. The Yellow Hawaiian Tang is an active swimmer that will glide throughout your aquarium in near constant motion, acting as an aquarium tour guide of sorts to any onlooker who follows its meandering swim path.

Though most common to the reefs of Hawaii, the Yellow Hawaiian Tang's natural habitat is actually widespread throughout Indonesia and the Great Barrier Reef. The Yellow Hawaiian Tang is also known as the Yellow Sailfin Tang or Yellow Surgeonfish. For best care, it should be housed in an aquarium of at least 100 gallons with ample room to swim. Like other Tangs, this member of the Acanthuridae family demonstrates territorial aggression towards its own species, or Tangs in general. Therefore, it is best to keep just one Yellow Hawaiian Tang per aquarium, unless multiple Yellow Hawaiian Tangs are introduced into the system simultaneously.

Although the Yellow Hawaiian Tang will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important the Yellow Hawaiian Tang is offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen its immune system, reduce aggression and improve overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least three times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

The Yellow Hawaiian Tang is a very common, extremely popular, and hardy addition to any fish-only or reef aquarium system.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 8"
Color Form: Yellow
Diet: Herbivore
Origin: Hawaii
Family: Acanthuridae

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Tyler January 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

i know the yellow tang is beautiful to look at and its beuty and personality is tantilizing. But thats with out thier very snaughty attitude they are very nice to have in a tank and i enjoyed it but they are so visious my one yellow tang killed all three clown fish and my zebra moray eel only put this beautiful fish in a tank with prediters hope this hlped 😀

alexsoxfan01 May 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Please do not take Tyler’s account that Yellow Tangs are viscious seriously. They are very calm fish. I have a nice little community with fish smaller and larger than my tangs. Not one fish has died as a result of the two yellow tangs i own. They are one of the most purchased saltwater fish and rightfully so. They add a splash of color and they are always scavenging around or swimming. I have no regrets about purchasing them. My only caution is to add all of these at once. Tangs naturally are territorial towards each other. It’s best that they establish territories at the same time. With stable water parameters and an herbivorous diet, a Yellow Tang can easily become one of your healthiest and favorite fish.

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