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Yellow Tang, Captive-Bred, Biota (Zebrasoma flavescens)

Quick Stats

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

The wait is over! LiveAquaria® is honored to offer some of the first captive-bred Yellow Tangs to conscientious marine aquarium hobbyists seeking captive-bred and aquacultured specimens. LiveAquaria procured these long anticipated, captive-bred gems from Biota Aquariums who partnered with the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii where Yellow Tangs are bred and raised in captivity. The R&D involved in making this possible was formerly supported by numerous partners including NOAA, USDA, and Rising Tide Conservation.

The Yellow Tang is, for many aquarists, an iconic fish for the home saltwater aquarium. With its oval-shaped body, vibrant yellow coloration, and lively personality, Zebrasoma flavescens brightens any marine system with color and activity. The Yellow 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.

The Yellow Tang's natural range is widespread throughout the Central and West Pacific Ocean with populations primarily found in Hawaii and south through the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and further west to the Philippines. As such, Zebrasoma flavescens has many common names and is also known as the Citrus Tang (Guam), Yellow Sailfin Tang, or Yellow Surgeonfish.

For best care, the Yellow Tang should be housed in an established, well-filtered aquarium of at least 100 gallons. To best recreate a natural reef environment for your Yellow Tang, aquascape generously with live rock but be sure to arrange your reef aquarium landscape so there are open areas with ample room to swim. Consider enhancing water movement for your Yellow Tang by employing powerheads or wavemakers. 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 Tang per aquarium, unless multiple Yellow Tangs are introduced simultaneously into a very large system.

Although the Yellow Tang will eat meaty foods it is important the Yellow 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, or Nori by way of veggie clip along with Spirulina or algae pellets.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1” to 1 1/2"

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Customer Testimonials

Justin H San Diego , CA
I purchased one of these as I love the idea of captive bread for so many reasons. He? Arrived healthy, ate both small pellet and nori within 10 minutes of being introduced to my quarantine tank. Doing great ~3 weeks later. Smaller than I expected but super cute.
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