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5 Reasons to Buy a Yellow Tang for Your Aquarium

Updated on February 1, 2016
Buy a beautiful yellow tang and add a splash of color to your fish tank.
Buy a beautiful yellow tang and add a splash of color to your fish tank.

Thinking About Buying a New Fish?

Walking into a pet store or fish shop can be intimidating. There are hundreds of different fish available at some shops, and it seems like everybody knows exactly what they're looking for. You've probably stood there a time or two and listened as some know-it-all fish expert rambled on and on with the staff about all the types of fish that he has in his incredible aquarium at home.

Don't let a lack of knowledge about saltwater fish get you down. The handy list below will tell you several important things that you should know about the yellow tang, a favorite among the aquarium-owning crowd. Next time you buy a new fish, you'll know exactly what you're looking for - and you might even be the random shopper talking the owner's ear off. Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

The Yellow Tang is Beautiful

Most people don't want a tank full of ugly fish. The yellow tang is absolutely beatiful. Many aquarium owners choose this fish for its vibrant yellow color and perfect oval shape.

This hardy fish brightens up any room, and kids will get a kick out of watching its yellow body dart through rocks and reefs.

These Fish Are Magical

Delight your kids - or entertain yourself - by watching this unique fish change colors each day. The yellow tang develops a brown patch at night, but resumes its bright yellow color when daylight returns.

Yellow Tang Play Well With Others

Saltwater fish don't always get along well with each other. The yellow tang gets along well with other marine life, but there's a catch: You have to add the fish to an existing tank of sea creatures. If the yellow tang is added before other fish are purchased, it will attempt to dominate the other fish in the aquarium.

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They Are Reef-Safe

Lovely clusters of coral reefs make any aquarium more appealing. The yellow tang is believed to be reef-safe, but this has not officially been confirmed.

Yellow Tang Are Affordable

If you're new to the saltwater fish scene, you may be surprised to realize that they cost considerably more than the goldfish you had as a child. Yellow tang are extremely budget-friendly, and most small ones cost less than $30.

Final Thoughts

Yellow tang are beautiful and affordable. If you are looking for a reef-safe fish that is easy to care for, add this vibrant creature to your aquarium today.

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    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie InABottle 

      4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      What a beautiful fish. I've always had freshwater tanks, but I don't have one at all now. I am thinking when I move (which will be soon) maybe it is time to have a tank again and maybe I will opt for saltwater this time. That fish might be a good choice!

    • blairtracy profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Really beautiful fish! I hope to one day have a saltwater tank. Right now we only have a freshwater tank. But when we decide to get one. I will for sure be looking for these fish!


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