Caribbean Blue Tang ~ Atlantic Blue TangFamily: Acanthuridae Acanthurus coeruleusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
Though the Blue Tang is a bit more difficult to keep than some of the other surgeonfish, its beauty makes it a wonderful marine aquarium addition!
This Blue Tang shown here, also known as the Caribbean Blue Tang or Atlantic Blue Tang, looks like it is changing from the juvenile to the adult coloration. Juveniles are mostly yellow with blue fin edges. Sometimes in transition, they will develop a blue body with yellow fin edges. The caudal spine is always yellow, even though this picture does not show it.
This tang is a bit more difficult to keep than some of the other tangs. Close attention must be given to its diet and to maintaining good water quality.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Caribbean Blue Tangs
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School of Fish - Roatan Honduras
This video shows how tangs, and fish in general, travel in schools of several hundred(s) of fish. We believe this may be the Caribbean Blue tang but this is not certain. The video was taken near Roatan, Honduras so it is definetly a Caribbean Ocean fish but the Caribbean Blue tang is seldom seen in groups of more than 10 or so individuals. Although the species of fish is uncertain, it is still a great showcase for the schooling behaviour of fish.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Blue Tang, the Caribbean Blue Tang or Atlantic Blue Tang are found in the Caribbean, from Bermuda along Florida to Brazil. It is found at depths of 2 to 18 meters.
Breeding/Reproduction: Probably will not be accomplished in captivity. See the description in the Breeding Marine Fish page.