Animal Stories - Yellow-eyed Tang


Animal-World Information about: Yellow-eyed Tang

   A favorite for reef aquariums, the Yellow-eyed Tang or Kole Tang eats a different kind algae than the other surgeonfish!
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WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
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sara - 2011-01-04
I just added a kole tang in my 75 gallon tank thanks for the information.

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kishan - 2010-12-27
I recently got my kole tang, and I noticed over the last few days, my regal blue tang has taken interest in my kole tang, they rub bodies with one another, fin to fin, they are always swimming together, they are always even when they eat, has there ever been cases of a pairing between two different species of tangs?

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Dea Kinslow - 2004-06-29
My Kole is a Great addition to my tank, he does well with the yellow tang and maroon clown...seems to be a little less tolerant of the damsel. He stays very busy swimming all over the tank and nipping at the algae/rocks as if he were picking up around the house.

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  • Felipe Ramirez - 2010-12-01
    My Yellow Eyed Tang is most definitely the most active of all my reef Fish. He shakes, eats and picks at everything and loves to chase away my Sand sifting Goby. I want to get a yellow or purple tang but I'm hesitant of more problems. So far he gets along perfectly with:
    -Lemon Peel angel
    -Maroon Clown
    -3 Green Chromies
    -Royal Gamma
    -Purple and White Goby
    Hope this helps! 95 gallon Corner Bow front Reef tank.
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Alley - 2008-06-12
I have a 90 gallon reef tank that's been established for about 6 months now. It as 3 clowns, 9 chromis (3 honey-red and 5 green), a flame angel, lawnmower blenny, bi-color dottyback, and a watchman goby. I recently added both a yellow-eye tang and a yellow tang. They are doing great. The Kole tang hid for the first few hours I put him in the tank, but hardly ever anymore. I have no problems with any of my fish picking on each other and my tangs do well together. I think this is because I bought them young, healthy, and together. I also put them in last. Also I feed very small amounts of flake and pellet 3 times daily (which is really easy due to an automatic feeder) and frozen once daily. I try to put veggies in once or twice a day. They love thawed frozen veggies. I've never had problems with illness but I feed a HUGE variety which I think helps with all aspects of care. My bristletooth is definitely one of the favorite fish I've kept.

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  • henry alforque - 2010-02-25
    So how's your kole tang right now, is it still doing fine
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Edie - 2009-11-20
I have a fairly new 90 gallon, fish-only, tank--all stocked. The newest is the Kole tang, and he gets along with all the others (lined butterfly, 4 pj cardinals, cleaner wrasse, pink spotted shrimp goby, tomato clown, and coral beauty angel). The only problem, and one I can't figure out, is when the coral beauty gets in a certain place in the tank behind some coral, he attacks!! It is not even in the area he calls home at the opposite end of the tank. The rest of the time, all is peaceful. I wish I knew what is different about the angel going between these particular coral. If anyone knows, please let me know!
So far, the Kole eats algae off the sides of the tank, and Emeral Entre. I have live sand but just a little live rock. I hope he is getting enough. Is it really o.k. to give him romaine lettuce? It isn't a natural food and I hesitate doing it.
Thanks to anyone who can give me some advice.

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Todd - 2009-01-19
I bought a yellow eyed tang for my 220. At first all was well, but then I noticed 2 of my cleaner shrimp were missing their antenae. I hadn't added anything new recently other than the tang. Shortly after I noticed my banded goby and my yellow goby went into hiding. I just figured they were scared of the tang, but then tonight, I saw the yellow eyed tang cornering my lawnmower blennie munching on his side. I broke them up, but as one other said, it's difficult to get him out with a bunch of live rock. I've got a weekend project, and someone is going back to the petstore. It's pretty, but rotten!

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Jason - 2006-03-19
I have a yellow eyed tang in a 160 gal reef aquarium. It has paired up with a yellow tang and they seem to get along great and compliment each other well. I have just recently added a coral beauty and the yellow eyed tang has taken offense. I have also noticed it chasing my golden angel as well. I would not be put off by keeping these lovely tangs. If you are going to add smaller fish such as dwarf angels or certain species of butterflies then I recommend you give them enough space and hiding places for them to escape the aggressive nature which becomes apparent almost immediately.

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David Brown - 2006-02-27
My Kole Tang is in a 90 gallon and tolerates my chromis and clowns quite well, but exhibits a rather nasty disposition towards my Copperband Butterflyfish. I'm very hesitant to add another tang as I don't think the Kole will tolerate one. My advice would be to add this fish as the last tang to your tank or if you have one that is already established in your tank, add another tang of larger size. Heed this advice because in the event you do have an aggression issue with the kole, it's impossible to catch and remove it in a larger tank with a lot of live rock.

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J. Jarzemkoski - 2004-11-10
In the week that I have had my Kole, I have only seen it a few times. He is very secretive. I wish he would come out more.

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