The Purple Tang is commonly referred as the Yellowtail Sailfin Tang, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, and the Blue Surgeonfish. It has blue to purple colored body with yellow tail and yellow accents on the pectoral fins, which is mainly found in the Red Sea. This Red Sea Purple Tang usually prefers to live singly and attains its size up to 10 inches. With its vivid coloration pattern, the Red Sea Purple Tang makes a captivating fish in the tank. Make sure to provide good lighting, lots of free-swimming space and plenty of potential hiding spots. The Red Sea Purple Tang can be very aggressive and do not gel well with other tangs of the genus Zebrasoma. It feeds on meaty foods, and is important to offer them plenty of marine-based seaweed and algae. The Red Sea Purple Tang should be fed at least three times per week with dried seaweed tied to a rock. Since it does not bother any tank inhabitants, it is considered reef compatible fish. The Red Sea Purple Tang thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It requires at least a 55 gallon aquarium as it needs an area to swim. Since the Red Sea Purple Tang does not bother any tank inhabitants, it is considered a reef safe fish.
Keep only 1 per tank and they should not be kept with similarly shaped Tangs, i.e. Yellow Tangs.The Purple Tang is perhaps the most highly sought-after Tang in the aquarium industry. These beautiful fish are colored in dark purple with a bright yellow tailfin. They are very active and love to swim in full view. They are easy to keep and do well in fish-only or reef tanks. Keep only one per tank. They are voracious algae eaters.The Surgeonfish family consists of fish which are colorful, thin-bodied, and usually have an oval shape. These fish have long continuous dorsal and anal fins and crescent tailfins. The scalpel at the base of their tailfin is very sharp and is used by the fish for protection from predators as well as a way of establishing itself with other fish. These fish are usually seen at reefs eating algae all day long.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, slammy16.