The Purple Tang – which is also called the Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Blue Surgeon fish, and Yellotail Surgeon fish – is a purplish blue in color. As its alternate names suggest, it also has a yellow tail and accents along the pectoral fins. This fish is most known for its appearances along the Red Sea’s many coral reefs. It can now be located in the Arabian Sea, Sri Lanken waters, and the Gulf of Aden as well. Purple Tangs usually live singular lives, but they do occasionally group up into schools when traversing the southern portion of the Red Sea. They’re definitely hard to miss; adult Purple Tangs are often as large as 10 inches long.
The Purple Tang is a among the most coveted varieties of saltwater fish on the planet given its gorgeous colors. As such, it’s a very popular choice for large reed aquariums. When properly housed, they will flourish. Purple tang make wonderful additions to any fish-only tank. The maintenance is simple enough as well; all you need to provide is plenty of light, a variety of hiding spots, and a wealth of swimming space. You must also be sure not to introduce them to any tank mates of a similar body type. You should only have one Tang, as they can be rather aggressive with each other by nature.
Tangs are able to eat meaty foods, just as with any other large reef aquarium fish. They need to be supplied with plenty of marine centric algaea and seaweed as well however. This bolsters the strength of the immune system and overall health, while also cutting down on their aggressive tendencies. You should serve dried up seaweed by tying it to a veggie clip or rock at least three times each week. Products such as seaweed salad, ocean nutrition, and sea veggies are all ideal for Purple Tangs.