Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)
Max Size: 10 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons
The Purple Tang exhibits a stunning blend of blue and purple hues, complemented by a vibrant yellow tail and accents on its pectoral fins. Originally found solely in the coral reefs of the Red Sea, it has now expanded its habitat to include the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the waters off Sri Lanka. While typically solitary, occasional sightings of schools occur in the southern Red Sea. As adults, these Tangs can grow up to 10 inches in size.
Highly prized for its striking coloration, the Purple Tang is a sought-after specimen among saltwater fish enthusiasts and a popular choice for reef aquariums. To ensure its well-being, proper housing is crucial. Providing ample lighting, open swimming spaces, and numerous hiding spots are essential for this rewarding and visually captivating addition to a large fish-only tank or reef aquarium. However, it is important to exercise caution when choosing tankmates, especially avoiding other Tangs from the Zebrasoma genus due to potential aggression issues.
Like other Tangs, the Purple Tang is an omnivore and will consume meaty foods along with other fish in the aquarium. However, prioritizing a diet rich in marine-based seaweed and algae is vital for its overall health and well-being. Regularly offering dried seaweed tied to a rock or using a veggie clip, and feeding at least three times per week, will support its immune system and minimize aggression tendencies. Products like Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad, and Ocean Nutrition are highly recommended for their nutritional benefits and ease of use in maintaining the Purple Tang's health.