Yellowfin Tang (Acanthurus xanthopterus)

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Yellowfin Tang

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Yellowfin Tang

Acanthurus xanthopterus

1325 Litres (350 US G.)

45.7-50.8cm (18-20 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Yellowfin Tang, Yellow-Mask Surgeonfish

Additional scientific names

Acanthurus xanthopterus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Indian ocean, Africa, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Sexing is very difficult.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Semi-aggressive.Reef-safe. Can not be housed with other fish of the same genus or similar tangs. Territorial. Juveniles can be kept in groups. Will not usually harm corals or invertebrates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Detritus, diatoms, algae, seaweed.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

2-3 times daily.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide caves in which to hide. Sandy substrate is preferred.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]


Identification[edit | edit source]

Greyish-purple to brown. Blue and yellow lines are visible on dorsal and anal fins. Pectoral fins are yellow

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