Zebrasoma flavescens info

Basic Info

Scientific Name: Zebrasoma flavescens (Acanthurus flavescens)
Common name: yellow tang
Type: Salt water fish
Family: Acanthuridae
Origin zone: Pacific Ocean
Origin: Oceano Pacifico
Max length: 20 cm
Tank minimum length: 100 cm
Tank minimum volume: 200 lit
Temperature: 24 - 28 C
pH: 8 - 8
kH: 9 - 14
Density: 1021 - 1024
Water flow: Medium flowing water
Preferred tank level: Middle


Fish from the bright livery, very active and peaceful. Although in aquarium it hardly reaches the maximum size that comes in nature, and it is a slower swimmer when compared to surgeon fish of different kinds, it needs to stay in a fairly large tank with plenty of hiding places and space for swimming. It Does not disturb other fish, or harm corals. Because of its strong territoriality and aggression toward animals of the same species, a pair of these fish can be kept together only in large tanks (over 400 liters) with plenty of hiding places. It mainly is an algae eater and can be easily fed with algae, special plant-based food, Nori seaweed, Bloodworm, mysis shrimp and frozen krill. The reproduction is probably not yet been obtained in aquarium.

Information contributed by: Gruppo Acquariofilo Fiorentino

FTL ID: 784 Last update: 2012-12-24 13:06:37


The minimum size of the tanks shown are intended, depending on the species considered, for a single individual, a couple or the smaller group of individuals for schooling fish. Depending on fish temper, territoriality, or vivacity, breeding with other animals of the same species or different species may require larger tanks.
Main picture usually shows adults. Depending on the age and sex, there may be significant variations in the color of the specimens.

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