Yellow Tang
Zebrasoma flavescens

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Yellow, White



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 Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) naturally occupies reefs within the Pacific Ocean surrounding the islands of Hawaii, and Japan. The Yellow 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 species that may be utilized to "cycle" a new aquarium. The Yellow 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 Tang will typically accept other Yellow Tang. However, if aggression is observed it is best to rearrange habitat.

Aquarium Diet (Herbivorous): The Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) is naturally an herbivore, 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