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Let's go to the discovery of all the information on theZebrasoma flavescens, from its characteristics to the needs (supply, tank size, treatments, disease prevention ...).

The color of thesurgeon fishit is very particular: the livery is of a bright yellow color, but at night the yellow dissolves slightly and forms a very clear, almost white band. Also othermarine aquarium fishthey change color of the livery according to the brightness in the tank, another clear example is the small gobiodon okinawae.

Yellow surgeon fish

It is commonly known as surgeonfish, it is famous for its lively color: a very bright yellow with a unique saturation! In captivity, it grows to a maximum of 20 cm. It is a solitary fish, in nature it is never found in large schools although it is not uncommon to see it swimming in pairs.

It is a peaceful fish that adapts perfectly to the community aquarium, as long as it has enough space to swim. In a small aquarium, not only itZebrasoma flavescenshe would suffer, but he could also die jumping out of the tub: he jerks!

Before jumping out of the tub, theyellow surgeon fishappears nervous, frantic and more restless than usual, tends to swim towards the surface and make more pronounced jerking movements than usual. This occurs in case of stress (aquarium too small) or if there are constant interventions by man for thearrangement of live rocks and other corals. In the photo above, there are two godsmarine aquarium fishmost beautiful: zebrasoma flavescens and Paracanthurus hepatus,blue surgeon fish.

Zebrasoma flavescens: price and sale

It is easy to find on the market, the retailer does the price. On average it costs 70 euros. Much more expensive and difficult to find is "its cousin" Zebrasoma gemmatum, which has an exorbitant price, over 1000 euros!

Zebrasoma flavescens: nutrition

A healthy diet is one of the essential treatments. In nature, theyellow surgeon fishit is a herbivorous animal. It feeds on benthic algae and various plant material. In the aquarium it is good to feed it with fresh and dried algae. It is appropriate to offer asupplyvariegated without fossilizing on classic dry feeds.

In the aquarium it can get used to eating food of animal origin, however, the long-term effects of thissupply"Not akin to his natural propensities" are unknown.

In nature, thefeeding of zebrasoma flavescensbrings great help to turtles. It is not uncommon to see asurgeon fishswimming near the schools of sea turtles, the surgeonfish feeds on the algae that grow on the carapace. The movie Finding Nemo has helped to increase the popularity of the three fish you see in the photos:

  • Clownfish or Nemo
  • Yellow surgeonfish
  • Blue surgeonfish or Dory

It may interest you: the fish from Finding Nemo

Aquarium care

Nutrition is not the only care to be devoted toZebrasoma flavescens. Forto preventthe appearance of severalillnesses, it is important to ensure good lighting for the tank. Adequate lighting has a direct impact on the fish and also on the entire aquarium system, allowing the production of benthic algae directly on the live rocks of the tank.

In case ofillnessesthat affect the livery of the fish (such aswhite spots on the zebrasoma) it is possible to use ultraviolet sterilizers.

Tank size

Like the species Zebrasoma xanthurum, zebrasoma veliferum, zebrasoma desjardinii and the more precious gemmatum, theyellow surgeon fishit needs a big tub. All fish of the genus zebrasoma are excellent swimmers, in nature they never stand still and love to swim both between ravines and in more open spaces.

It is clear that adapting theyellow surgeon fishin an aquarium of a few liters it is difficult. We come to the fateful question. What to think of a Zebrasoma flavescens in 100 liters?That this is too big a gamble!

Each author recommends different tank sizes for this fish, but no one ever drops below 200 liters, or rather, no one except for those in the sale! Unfortunately most traders recommend this fish also for reefs of 100 or 200 liters. Many experts advise toto adoptoneZebrasoma flavescensonly if you have a tank of at least 500 liters available! In nature, itZebrasoma flavescensit can reach a length of 35 - 37 cm, in the marine aquarium, in general, it does not exceed 15-18 cm.


Video: Présentation zebrasoma flavescens (May 2022).