Yellow Eye Kole Tang
Ctenochaetus strigosus

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Blue, White, Yellow



Water Conditions

Basic (8.2-8.5 pH), Salinity (1.02-1.025 specific gravity), High Water Hardness (10-15 dGH), 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Yellow Eyed Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus) endemically occupy reefs surrounding the islands of Hawaii. The Yellow Eyed Kole Tang will reach a length of eight inches, is considered to be "reef safe", and should be kept in an aquarium larger than 100 gallons. This Tang is typically a peaceful marine fish that may be utilized to "cycle" a new aquarium. The Yellow Eyed Kole Tang may also be kept with another, as long as it is of a relatively similar size. Each living organism is unique in its own way, and all marine fish, even of the same species, may not behave the same. It is important to understand that every individual is unique, and that adjustments may have to be made when introducing fish of the same species. The Yellow Eyed Kole Tang have been found to display reproductive behaviors in captivity and, in some cases, have even successfully produced viable offspring.

Aquarium Diet (Herbivorous): The Yellow Eyed Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus) are naturally herbivorous, primarily consuming algae. However, optimal health will only be achieved with a balanced diet including microinvertebrates such as copepods, or baby Brine Shrimp.

Author: Aquatics Unlimited