Common Name: Yellow Tang
Scientific Name: Zebrasoma flavescens
The yellow tang was first described by English naturalist Edward Turner Bennett as Acanthurus flavescens in 1828 from a collection in the Hawaiian Islands. Adult fish can grow to 20 centimetres in length, and 1–2 centimetres in thickness. Adult males tend to be larger than females. Yellow tang are bright yellow in color. At night, the yellow coloring fades slightly, and a prominent brownish patch develops in the middle with a horizontal white band. They rapidly resume their bright yellow color during daylight. Some specimens in captivity develop white patches with one famous fish that turned completely white, he was named Casper. In the wild, yellow tang feed on turf algae and other marine plant material. In captivity they are commonly fed meat/fish based aquarium food, but the long-term health effects of this diet are questionable. Tangs will often eat algae that grows in the aquarium. The yellow tang is a peaceful ocean inhabitant that is an important part of the reef ecosystem. Collection of yellow tangs in Hawaii is regulated by the state and is conducted by licensed collectors please only buy licensed or captive bred specimens. They require an aquarium of 55-gallon show tank size at the absolute minimum, A 75-gallon tank or larger is better for a single specimen, while an aquarium of 100 gallons or 1.5 meters or more in length is ideal.
Common Opinion: GOOD