Yellowtail Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)

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Yellowtail Tang

Zebrasoma xanthurum

379 Litres (100 US G.)

20.3-25.4cm (8-10 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Yellowtail Tang, Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Blue Surgeonfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Purple Tang

Additional scientific names

Acanthurus xanthurus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to the Persian Gulf.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Purple Tangs can be very aggressive to other Tangs, particularly to towards other Zebrosoma species.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A herbivorous fish, will take dried seaweed, marine algae, mysid shrimp, Spirulina, blanched Romaine Lettuce or fresh seaweed.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Ideally they should be fed everyday with 3-4 supplemental feedings of dried algae.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

They are sensitive to water quality, needs an SG of 1.020 - 1.025. As with all Tangs, they need relatively large tanks, over 284 Litres (75 US G.).

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

It does get territorial and can be aggressive to new additions to the tank as it gets older. Should not be kept with similarly shaped Tangs.

Identification[edit | edit source]

They have a deep purple-blue body with a bright yellow tail and bright yellow accents on the pectoral fins. They have a single spine (or “scalpel”) on each side used for defence.

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