Pur­ple tang

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine -

Sci­en­tific name: Ze­bra­soma xan­thu­rum Ori­gin: Red Sea and Per­sian Gulf Max­i­mum size: Around 20cm usual for larger aquaria. Wild spec­i­mens

can achieve 35cm Cost: £100-200

Per­haps one of the most at­trac­tive of all tangs, this species has a rep­u­ta­tion for boss­ing al­most ev­ery aquar­ium into which it’s stocked. The time taken to reach dom­i­nance de­pends on the size at which they are in­tro­duced and the other species present. Even­tu­ally they be­come the most dom­i­nant fish – which is fine, pro­vided you don’t sub­se­quently wish to add any species that the Pur­ple tang might take ex­cep­tion to.

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