Purple Tang – Zebrasoma xanthurum

Purple Tang – Zebrasoma xanthurum

A large purple tang sometimes called yellow tail tang. Its latin name is Zebrasoma xanthurum.

The purple tang was name by Blyth back in 1852. They live in the Red Sea and the Arabian Peninsula of the Persian Gulf. The live at depths of 7 to 65 feet often in pairs or as schools.

The Purple Tang has a disk like shaped body similar to other surgeonfish, but the purple tang has giant dorsal and anal fins. When the fins of the sailfin tangs are fully extended, the height of these fish is about the same as the length. The Purple Tang has an small extended snout.

The body of the fish is a beautiful dark blue to purple and the caudal fin is a beautiful vivid yellow.

Purple Tang - Zebrasoma xanthurum

Purple Tang - Zebrasoma xanthurum

The largest scientifically measured Purple tang was 22.0 cm / 8.7 in, the recommended water temperature is around 22-25.5º C. The pH-value should be 8.1-8.4 and the specific gravity 1.020-1.025 which means they do well in most marine aquairums.

Powerful water movements are strongly recommended. The oxygen level must be high if you want your Purple tang to do well.

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