Scientific Name: Zebrasoma flavescens
Ease of Care: Moderate
Approximate Arrival Size: Small:1.5 to 2.5 inches; Medium:2.5 to 4 inches; Large:4 to 6 inches; X-Large: 6+ inches
Approximate Full Size: 6 to 8 inches
Native Region: Pacific Ocean
Recommended Aquarium Size: 40+ Gallons
Reef Safe: Yes
The Yellow Tang
Members of the genus Zebrasoma are also called Sailfin Tangs, making reference to their extended dorsal and anal fins, which resemble the sails of a ship. These Tangs are agile swimmers and entertain the aquarium viewers with their amusing antics. Small schools can be maintained if the aquarium is large with plenty of decorations. Tangs are herbivores and their diets should therefore contain a variety of marine vegetable matter, such as seaweed.
Captive Conditionedfish have been held in captivity for a minimum of 6 weeks in quarantine, have become used to humans as a source of food, and have undergone a great deal of extra care and feeding. These fish typically arrive extremely strong, and begin feeding immediately.