Yellow tang fish is very popular because of its bright yellow coloration. They can also change their shade as night sets in. Why do we need the beginner’s guide for Yellow Tang Fish? Yellow Tang Fish require water that is clean for it to survive healthily. The beginner’s guide gives information on what to look for buying and how to maintain the fish and keep it healthy

Yellow Tang Fish – Overview

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Common NameYellow Tang fish has other common names such as Yellow Hawaiian tang and Yellow Surgeonfish.
Scientific NameThe scientific name of this fish is Zebrasoma flavescens.
Habitat or OriginThe fish is a marine water inhabitant. They are usually seen where there are dense corals. They are native to the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii in Japan, and also the coast of Florida in the Central Atlantic.
Average SizeThey can grow for 8 inches and sometimes more. The tank size should be a minimum of 100 gallons.
ColorationDuring day time the body of the fish is bright yellow in color. It has a spine that is sharp and white in color. During the night, the body of the fish becomes grayish-yellow.
Life SpanThey can live for a minimum of 5 years. Their life expectancy can be extended to 20 years.
DietIn the wild, these fish feed on algae. In the aquarium, they feed on the algae that grow on the rocks or corals. They can get used to feeding on live and frozen food. They can be fed pellets and flakes.
Gender IdentificationThe females are slightly larger than the males. However, it is difficult to tell the difference.
BehaviorThe fish is a middle or bottom dweller. They are active swimmers with a unique oval-shaped body. The way they glide through the aquarium is very amusing to watch. They also have a defense mechanism which is a sharp white razor-like spear that is used when they are attacked.
CompatibilityThis fish is peaceful in nature. They can get along with other peaceful small fishes. They can also be with invertebrates and corals. If the same species should be kept together make sure there are 3 or more of them as they do not get along well when they are in pairs. The fishes of the same species should be put in the tank at the same time to avoid territorial aggression. They should not be kept with large and aggressive fishes
Ideal Tank ConditionsThe tank should have proper aeration as they require a sufficient supply of oxygen. The tank can have corals or rocks for the fishes to hide. The fish needs moderate lighting.
Water ParametersThe water temperature can be from 72-78 degrees F. the pH should be 8.1 – 8.4. Partial water change is required once a week. It can also be done twice a week.
BreedingBreeding the fish in captivity is near to impossible. They are usually done by experts. The breeding process is, females, lay eggs and the males fertilize them. The young ones are very shy and prefer to hide in the corals or the rocks available.
Common DiseasesThey are susceptible to ich which is seen as white spots on the body. They are also affected by marine velvet.
Approximate CostThe young ones cost $30. The adults can range from $60- $80. In India, they cost almost the same.
What to look when buyingThe fish should be well-nourished which can be seen as being plump, healthy. The breathing should be steady. The fins should be in proper shape.
Species in the MarketAchilles and Sohal are other species available in the market.

Gallery of Yellow Tang Fish

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