Regal Tang ~ Blue Surgeonfish ~ Indo-Pacific Blue TangFamily: Acanthuridae Paracanthurus hepatusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
Readily available and very beautiful, the Blue Tang is probably the second most popular tang next to the Yellow tang!
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- Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
- Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
Dr. Jungle says...."Nemo's best friend 'Dory' in the movie "Finding Nemo" certainly helped with the Blue Tang's popularity!"
The Blue Tang is also known as the Regal Tang, Blue Surgeonfish, and Indo-Pacific Blue Tang. This gorgeous fish is readily available, easy to keep, and is very interesting to watch. We knew of one that would spend time everyday in play, chasing bubbles from the bottom of the aquarium to the top!
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Maintenance: It is important that you feed tangs a good variety of live, frozen, and prepared formula foods. The Blue Tang eats zooplankton so they should be fed brine shrimp, mysis, grindal worms, and flake food. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day.
Social Behaviors: Juveniles are found in groups feeding on zooplankton in the current rich outer reef terraces. Juveniles feed above isolated coral stalks of Pocillopora eydouxi. When threatened, they will take refuge in the coral stalks. Adults are solitary.
Breeding/Reproduction: Probably will not be accomplished in captivity. See the description in the Breeding Marine Fish page.
Photo courtesy: John Rice