Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

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Yellow Tang

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Yellow Tang

Zebrasoma flavescens

284 Litres (75 US G.)

17.8-20.3cm (7-8 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Yellow Tang, Yellow Hawaiian Tang, Yellow Sailfin Tang, Lemon Surgeonfish

Additional scientific names

Acanthurus flavescens


In shallow reefs in the South Pacific Ocean, mainly Hawaii, Marshall and Wake islands.


It is difficult to visually sex this fish.

Tank compatibility

The Yellow Tang will be aggressive towards other Tangs, only one Yellow Tang should be kept to a tank. They will cohabit with other robust species.


This Tang is an omnivore, preferring blanched vegetables to meat, and will accept dried seaweed, marine algae, mysid shrimp, spirulina, blanched vegetables and will graze on algae.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics

This fish is suitable for both fish only and reef tanks. They are almost always on the move so a laterally spacious tank allowing for plenty of swimming room is essential.


The Yellow Tang can be aggressive to fish of its own species and other Tangs.


An attractive and popular saltwater fish. It is oval-shaped and laterally depressed in shape with a long pointed snout. It is vivid yellow in colour, giving it its common name.



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