Yellow Eye Tang

Yellow Eye Tang

The Yellow Eye Tang is also known as the Striped Bristletooth or Goldring Bristletooth, and is categorised as a beautiful and peaceful fish that suits almost any large community marine aquariums. This fish is native to reefs across the Hawaiian region , and is a very active swim loving fish that also likes to relish a good hiding location amongst live rock.  

Since the Yellow Eye Tang is extremely active it requires ample room to roam around the home aquarium in order to maintain optimum health. Additionally, it is important to note that the Yellow Eye tang is not as susceptible to catching white spot, ich and other skin parasites. 

Many hobbyists suggest that though the Yellow Eye Tang is said to be very peaceful towards most tankmates, it may become aggressive towards those of its own species. However, many have had success keeping multiple specimen through introducing the desired amount at once into the aquarium system. Additionally, it is said that depending on what part of the world it is from, it can have either a majority of spots or stripes highlighting the body.

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 clip, and feed at least 3 times per week.

Minimum Tank Size300 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 7"
Colour Form: Tan
Diet: Herbivore
Family: Acanthuridae
Origin: Hawaii

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I have a 220G tank. I added my Yellow Eye Tang last. All was fine at first, but then I noticed 2 of my Cleaner Shrimp had their antenae munched off. I thought it was strange, and still can’t prove it, but in the year I’ve had my tank going, nothing had munched them before. Then my Yellow Goby, and Banded Goby went into hiding. I figured it was because they were a little freaked, but then I actually saw my Yellow Eye Tang in the corner chewing on the side of my Lawnmower Blenny. I broke them up, but it seems my Yellow Eye has a bit of a nasty streak. I added him last. He gets along ok with my Blue Tang, Green Chromis, and Coral Beauty.

  2. Great algae eater! It cleaned my tank in about 2 days of all green algae. It is a little tempermental when adding new fish to the established tank.

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