Care Level: Moderate
Color Form: Blue,
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 10"
Origin: Kenya, Red Sea
Minimum Tank Size: 125
The Purple Tang is blue to purple in color with a yellow
tail and yellow accents on the pectoral fins. This fish was formally known only
to the coral reefs of the Red Sea, but it is now found in the Arabian Sea, the
Gulf of Aden and in the waters off Sri Lanka as well. It usually lives singly,
but can occasionally be found in schools in the southern Red Sea. Adults can
reach a size of 10 inches.
The Purple Tang is one of the most prized specimens of
all saltwater fish for its coloration, and one of the most popular Tangs for
the reef aquarium. If housed properly, it is a rewarding and attractive
addition to any large fish-only tank, or reef aquarium. If keeping them, be
sure to provide good lighting, lots of free-swimming space and plenty of
potential hiding spots. They can be very aggressive and do not fare well with
tank mates of similar body shape, especially other Tangs of the genus
Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other
fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of
marine-based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen their immune system,
reduce aggression, and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied
to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week.