top of page
Zebra Black Barred Tang

Zebra Black Barred Tang

The Black-barred Tang is known from the inshore reef flats of Mauritius, Réunion, Madagascar, and the Comoro Islands. Here they occur singly or in large aggregations, feeding on filamentous algae growing from the reef structures. Although apparently rather abundant in its natural habitat, this highly sought-after fish is rarely seen in the trade, and as such, tends to command a very high price tag when it is available. These striking fish sport 12 dark vertical bars on the silvery body (4 on the head, 6 on the flanks beneath the dorsal fin - which are notably broader dorsally than ventrally, and 2 on the caudal peduncle) along with several dark spots or blotches on the anterior ventral region, and a sharp spine on the caudal peduncle. This semi-aggressive, active species attains a good size and can be rather territorial, so a spacious aquarium is therefore required. It is usually best to keep only one per tank, unless the system is vast and there is an abundance of visual barriers. If you wish to keep other tangs in the same tank, it is best to opt for Ctenochaetus, Naso, or Zebrasoma species - added simultaneously - as these will be best tolerated by the Black-barred Tang, rather than other fish from the same genus (Acanthurus). However, personalities do vary between individuals, so observe your fish very carefully to ensure that there are no problems. Generally speaking, this fish is safe in reef aquaria, although occasional specimens have been known to nip at LPS corals if underfed. The Black-barred Tang will actively browse on filamentous algae growing on the décor, so a mature tank is essential for its wellbeing. Arrange the live rock to create a sloping reef, with plenty of boltholes for the fish, also being sure to leave a large open swimming area along the front of the aquarium. Vigorous filtration and circulation is a must for this energetic, voracious eater. Take care when handling, as the caudal spines can inflict a painful wound. May also be seen on sale as the Zebra Tang. Similar in appearance to the Convict Tang (A. triostegus). Recommended for experienced aquarists only.

    GST Included |

    Our Return Policy

    The Small Print

    If a product arrives damaged, or is incorrect to what was ordered, the customer can contact us for a replacement provided the following conditions:

    Proof of Purchase
    Product has its original packaging 
    Product is unused
    We are contacted within 24 hours of product delivered/picked up
    Shipping costs are non-refundable.

    DOAS, or Dead on Arrival

    Here at Aquaculture Laboratories we provide our customers with the best quality livestock possible by using a ttm method and monitoring our live stock arrivals before selling.

    We monitor our fish throughout the quarantine facility and check them individually before selling to ensure our customers are happy with their purchase.

    For shipping customers, we will replace any fish or coral that are dead on arrival, provided there are photos and we are contacted within 6 hours of the livestock arriving. Photos must be of the coral or fish before bag is opened, and also after bag is opened. Photos must be sent via email to:

    For local customers: should any fish die or become sick, we request to be contacted within 24 hours of purchase and are provided with.

     A water sample to check parameters
    A photo of the dead fish
    Photo and details for your tank including size and tankmates
    Acclimatisation method used
    Shipping costs are non-refundable.

    bottom of page