HusbandryZebrasoma flavescens (Bennett, 1828)
The Yellow Tang or Lemon Sailfin Tang is one of the most popular fish among reef keepers. Its bright yellow colouring as well as its hardiness compared to other surgeonfish makes the Yellow tang very often to be the first choice for beginners in the saltwater hobby when they want to add a surgeonfish to their tank.
The Yellow Tang is a rather docile fish and may be kept – provided the tank is large enough and its reef setting is well structured providing a lot of crevices and caves - with other surgeonfish species and in pairs. If you intend to keep a pair of Yellow Tangs or Yellow Tangs together with other surgeonfish it is best to introduce them at the same time.
Due to its natural appetite for filamentous algae the Yellow Tang helps to keep undesired algae at bay. Besides this natural food source Yellow Tangs should be fed a predominantly herbivore diet consisting of different sorts of fresh or dried macroalgae , e. g. Nori, Wakame, Ulva fasciata supplemented by some frozen fare, e.g. krill, mysid shrimps. The frozen food should be enriched with vitamins occasionally.
As a grazing species surgeonfish feed nearly continuously during the day. In captivity continuous feeding may be a bit difficult, but you should at least feed your tang two or three times a day and in addition provide it with algae leaves attached to a clip or wrapped around small “feeding rocks”.
Yellow Tangs, especially juveniles, are quick to suffer from improper and insufficient feeding. The arising nutrional disorders make them very susceptible to parasitic and bacterial diseases.
The Yellow Tang is the number one collected fish for export out of Hawaii.
Acanthurus flavescens Bennett, 1828
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Acanthurinae (Subfamily) > Zebrasoma (Genus)