Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurus)
The Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurus) is one of the most prized specimens of all saltwater fish. This Red Sea fish, If housed properly, is a rewarding and attractive addition to any large fish-only or reef tank. Be sure to provide good lighting, lots of free swimming space and plenty of potential hiding spots for the Purple Tang. They can be very aggressive and do not fare well with tank mates of similar body shape, especially other Tangs of the genus Zebrasoma.
Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurus)-Feeding
The Purple Tang will graze on algae in the aquarium as well as accepting other prepared foods both frozen and dried. Purple Tangs need vitamin supplements that are high in beta-carotene, to help prevent lateral line disease.
Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurus)-Tank Requirements
Purple Tangs require a minimum 75 gallon tank when small (under 3 inches), but will ideally need a minimum 125 gallon as they grow.
If you want to keep a purple tang with other tangs, it's best to add them all together, or add the purple tang last. Always do a minimum of 3 tangs, if doing more than 1. And for 3 or more, we recommend a minimum 180 gallon tank.