The Purple tang is one of the expensive fish in the Zebrasoma species, its known for it deep purple colour which attracts many buyers. Its also known as the Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, and the Blue Surgeonfish. Its coloration is deep blue to deep purple with a yellow tail fin. It lives in the coral reefs of the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and in Sri Lanka water's. It can grow up to 25 cm.
The Purple tank needs a tank size of 485 lt for a full grown adult however many hobbyists buy there purple tangs young and trade them in for a smaller tang once they get to large for there tank. Be sure to provide good lighting, lots of free-swimming space and plenty of potential hiding spots. Once you meet the fishes requirement the specimen is stunning and a jewel to a reef tank. Its semi-aggressive towards some fish and aggressive to its own species (Zebrasoma), if you are adding more then one Zebrasoma they need to be introduced into the Aquarium at the same time.
Many Tangs will accept Meaty foods, but they are mostly herbivore meaning plant based foods. The should be offered Dried Seaweed and Algaes. You can use a veggie clip (most Marine fish stores sell these) to clip the Seaweed onto the glass, the tang will then graze upon the food once he realises its food, he should be offered this 3x per week.
If the tang is not eating the offered food add some garlic sold by LFS (local fish stores) this will trigger a feeding response and also improves there immunity system.
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