Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

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Aquacultured Yellow Tang

The yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) is an all-time marine aquarium favorite. Captive bred specimens are less likely than wild-caught stock to carry and spread disease (e.g. parasitic protozoa). Additionally, they adjust more easily to life in captivity!

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Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

Zebrasoma flavescens is hard to mistake for any other species. Its elegant body shape and, of course, bright yellow coloration have for long strongly appealed to marine aquarists. However, captive bred individuals have only recently become available. These make for excellent reef aquarium fish, as they are entirely reef-safe and help to control undesirable algae by their continuous grazing.


Purchase Size: ~2-3″ (length)

Max Size: 8″ (length)

Water Parameters:~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, s.g. 1.021-1.023

Color: Yellow (fades at night)

Reef-Safe: Yes

Feeding: Herbivorous


Zebrasoma flavescens is distributed across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii. It prefers shallow coral reef environments (2-46 meters), where it sometimes forms rather large aggregations. These highly active grazers spend most of the daylight hours nibbling on whatever bits of turf algae they find growing on the reef.

In captivity, it appreciates lots of swimming space as well as an algae-based diet.


Aquacultured fishes offer a huge advantage over wild-caught specimens. For example, when bred and raised under captive conditions, they adjust more easily to aquarium life. They are also less likely to carry disease. Even more, aquacultured specimens can better tolerate shipping stress. Most significantly, by purchasing aquacultured livestock you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable!


We guarantee that every yellow tang we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 5 x 5 x 2 in

1 review for Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I would have given this a 5 stars but the fish came in with a slight case of HLLE. It is eating well and that should start to clear up with a healthy diet. It is really nice to have this species offered in its captive bred form.

    • Hi Oscar,

      Thank you for your feedback. We did not notice any HLLE here. We have been fattening them up with feeding multiple times per day and keeping the tank well stocked with various macroalgae like sea lettuce and red ogo. We will keep an eye on future batches to try and prevent this from occurring in the future!

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