The Spotted Yellow Eyed Spotted Kole Tang lives in the reefs surrounding the islands of Hawaii, the fish is deep brown with numerous horizontal yellow stripes running along its body. The head is adorned with small blue spots. The eye is big and encircled by a pale yellowish ring.
Name: Yellow Eyed Spotted Kole Tang ( Ctenochaetus strigosus )
Aggressiveness: With Same Species
Reef Compatible: Yes
Max Size: 9"
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Relative Care: moderate
The Kole Tang (Ctenochaetus strigosus) is commonly referred as kole yellow eye tang, yellow eye spotted kole tang, or yellow eye surgeonfish, and is a terrific addition to almost any saltwater aquarium. These active saltwater fish are also called, "bristle tooth" tangs because they feed on the micro algae that grow in the aquarium and are one of the best equipped fish for assisting your cleanup crew in hair algae removal.
The Yellow Eyed Kole Tang will reach a length of eight inches, is considered to be "reef safe", and should be kept in an aquarium larger than 100 gallons to provide plenty of swimming room. It is aggressive towards other Tangs, therefore, it is best to only keep one per tank. It will not harm sessile invertebrates in the reef tank environment.
Diet: Yellow Eyed Kole Tangs are known to be herbivores and help keep corals healthy by preventing overgrowth of algae by feeding around them. They are happy to graze along rocks and coral for algae in the ocean. But when in a tank, you will need to provide them with little more nutrients. Dried algae are available to buy and recommended for their tank.