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Purple Tang

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Red Sea Purple Tang

Tangs are also called surgeon fish because of the scalpel-like spine at the base of its tail. The tang will swing its tail as a means of defense. The Red Sea Purple Tang is a majestic blue-ish purple color with a striking yellow tail and yellow accents on the pectoral fins. The Purple Tang is a herbivore, and should be provided with a varied diet that includes frozen and flake foods for herbivores as well as dried algae sheets.

The Purple Tang - Living Environment
A fish tank with live rock and decor to provide several hiding spots and plenty of swimming space is recommended. Purple Tangs are most aggressive towards fish of similar form, especially other fish in the Zebrasoma genus. To minimize aggression in a small aquarium it is recommended to have only one Tang. The Purple Tang may chase fish with similar feeding behavior or shape, but typically gets along well in a larger community based fish tank.

Purple Tang

Internet Price: $123.99 - $189.99

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Reef Safe: Yes

Family: Acanthuridae

Native To: Red Sea

Diet: Herbivore

Adult Size: Up to 10"

Temperature: 72 - 78°F

Water Parameters: sg 1.020-1.026; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12

Care Level: Easy

Tank Size: 55+ gallons

Scientific Name: Zebrasoma xanthurum

Environment: Marine

  • Striking purple, accented by yellow
  • Prefers plenty of horizontal swimming space
  • Highly aggressive towards other tangs and surgeonfish

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