Tangs are the smaller members of the Acanthuridae family, otherwise called the Surgeonfish group because of the scalpel-like spines located near the tails of these fish.
Since the Tang feeds mostly on algae, its name was coined from the German word “seeing”, which means kelp or seaweed. There is somewhat of a nice ring to this name, I must say. So now you know how the beautiful Tang got such a fine name.
Tangs have lots of beneficial bacteria in their alimentary tracts to assist in the breakdown of plant food. Therefore, medications, especially those containing copper, must be administered with great care. Doing so will avoid wiping out these good bacteria in the Tang and compromise its digestive ability.
Interestingly, color can tell you the mood of your Tang fish. For example, the popular and appealing Yellow Sailfin Tang (pictured above) — also known as Zebra flavescens — will develop a vertical white band on its body during the day when it has been frightened. Be mindful of such signs to understand the health of your Tangs in your marine aquarium.
Taking care of Tang fish can be slightly daunting for those who are not familiar. You can learn how to care for Tang fish with fish care guides such as the “Saltwater Aquarium Secrets” eBook. Look after your Tangs well and you’d be rewarded with the beauty and grace of these colorful and playful fish. Enjoy your aquarium!
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