Purple Tang

Purple Tang
Purple Tang, (Blyth, 1852)
Zebrasoma xanthurum

Native to: Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea to the Persian Gulf; recorded from Maldives(fishbase.org)

Max Length:9.8″ (25cm)

Description: The purple tang is a highly sought after fish among reef keepers. Recently, two of the countries they are typically imported from have limited the amount of these fish collected to lessen the impact on wild populations. This has further increased the price of these beautiful animals. Once acclimated, these bright purple and yellow fish are extremely hardy and can help keep down pest algae. In the wild, this species and most related Zebrasoma fish are found swimming in large groups.

Feeding: This fish requires frequent feedings primarily of vegetable matter. Its staple food should be marine algae. Additional high quality pellet food and frozen food should be fed as well as occasional treats including small pieces of zucchini, broccoli, and lettuce.

Special Notes: This fish’s color will often change drastically depending on its mood. At night and when they are under stress, their colors often fade. Also, use caution when your hands are in the water with this animal as it has a sharp bone protruding from its body which it will use as a defense mechanism.

Michael, Scott; Marine Fishes

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