Most of the time when you see examples of saltwater aquariums, you will see a yellow tang in the aquarium. The yellow tang is probably one of the more common fish that is kept in saltwater aquariums in homes.
There are many other good reasons that the Yellow Tang is so popular. Why should you consider it as a good beginner fish when starting up an aquarium?
In a New Aquarium
New aquariums will often run into cycles and blooms of green algae. This is just a natural part of the life cycle of an aquarium, and often green algae will be present well after the initial cycling process.
Yellow Tangs are green algae eaters and will pick away at green algae that grows on the glass and live rock. Especially on the live rock. The Yellow Tang is known for it’s habit of grazing on the live rock to continually feed itself when hungry.
If you do have a Yellow Tang, you may not to feed it as much when it is able to find natural sources of algae and food in the aquarium.
Color & Personality
The Yellow Tang will add a colorful presence to your aquarium. It is easy to see from a distance and will quickly gain the attention of aquarium onlookers.
In addition to being an obviously colorful fish, the Yellow Tang has a great personality and is a fun fish to take care of for beginners. You should feed it plenty of sea vegetables and and seaweed and give it plenty of space with plenty of water current to swim and venture in. If these rules are followed you’ll notice that your Tang will be healthy, active and fun to watch.
The Yellow Tang is usually one of the most cost-friendly Tangs. Some Tangs will cost you well over a hundred dollars, but the Yellow Tang can frequently be found for less than fifty dollars.
If addition to being a cost effective aquarium fish, it is also one of the easier Tangs to find. Most local fish stores will have a Yellow Tang if they have any Tangs. Other popular Tangs in a comparable price range are the Blue Hippo Tang, Powder Blue Tang and the Sailfin Tang. Even compared to these Tangs, the Yellow Tang is still usually the cheapest.
You will probably want to buy cheaper, more cost-effective fish if you are just beginning in the world of keeping saltwater aquariums. If you make a mistake and lose one or more fish in your aquarium, the mistake won’t be so costly.
A Yellow Tang should be kept in at least a 75 gallon aquarium at a minimum, and you probably won’t want to have more than one Tang unless you have at least a 120 gallon aquarium. If you let your Yellow Tang have it’s space and territory within your tank you’ll notice that it will pace throughout the width of the aquarium, hide in rocks and dart about.
In addition to a decent amount of space to swim in, your Yellow Tang should also have plenty of live rock to swim around and hide in. Tangs like to hide at night when sleeping and also need places to hide and to swim through to feel comfortable.
Add the Yellow Tang Last
It is best to add the Yellow Tang as one of the last fish when adding the first batch of fish your aquarium. If you add the Tang first, it will be able to establish a large territory quickly and might not as friendly to other smaller, less aggressive fish you add to the aquarium.
Adding the Tang last especially in aquariums between 75 and 150 gallons, will allow it to work around the other fish in the aquarium to find it’s space and get situated in the aquarium.
Provide your Tang with plenty of structure and swimming room and it will be very happy. If your new aquarium is at least 75 gallons and you have plenty of live rock, the Yellow Tang will be a great choice as one of the first fish.