Animal Stories - Blue Tang

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   Known as "Dory" in the Finding Nemo movie the Blue (Regal) Tang has moved to the 2nd most popular tang purchased for home aquaria!
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MaDdIeElIzAbEtH - 2011-02-03
I had this huge science project to do and its due tomorrow. I waited until last minute to do it because I have been sick. THANK YOU! I got all the information I needed!

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  • Mae - 2011-05-24
    omg! That is exactly what happened to me to and this site helped!
  • Neil Walker - 2012-08-04
    In my opinion Trish and Katie dont have a clue about fish keeping, anyways I'm absolutely certain that dory will start out in a shoal when young but gradually become isloated in the wild, so to assume that these fish are going to stay young forever and stay together long, is a mistake. They don't like their own species company at all and if you have a GIANT aquarium and have a couple or more 'blues' they are still never together, even though they don't fight, they should not be encountering each other so often. It is a mistake, a BIG one if u have a 180 gallon tank to keep two, It is a SHAME if you have two in a smaller reef. Shame on all of you in this forum if u keep two. By the way don't over feed them brine shrimp, my sis and all that because they primarily eat zoo plankton and Red or Purple Algae.
AndrewPeacock - 2010-05-25
Is it a good beginning fish?

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    Yes, in a well matured tank you shouldn't have too many problems.
  • Mike - 2012-03-09
    In my opinion it is a good beginner fish. Just feed them the right stuff. I feed my two New Life Spectrum pellets and Omega marine flake everyday. I occassionally supplement with chopped scallop, chopped shrimp (remember to include the skin when chopping up the shrimp), mysis shrimp and dried seaweed. Both of mine even survived an ich outbreak in my tank. I also occassionally add liquid vitamins to the flake food before adding it to the tank. They also get along with other fish very easily. I have a fish only tank with about 12 different species in it.
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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-28
    Tangs are very sensitive to water conditions and can be picky eaters. They are not good for beginners unless you are extremely dedicated to your tank.
Trish - 2011-04-03
I am amazed reading all the comments about Dory! I must have gotten the "mean Dory" because she is nothing like the Dory in the Movie. I strongly believe that Dory is threatend by me because she came into the marriage via my husband one year ago. She HATES me and recently my husband bought me a tiny cute Dory (I named her DOLLY) so when he let her out into the tank, big Dory attacked her and chewed a good chunk of her tail. It is like Dory knew Dolly was mine and just took it out on her. So dolly is doing so much better now but Dory chases her and lets her know who is BOSS! Dory makes loud popping noises when she sees me and she loves to sleep! Wow. One day I clearly upset her and she got sick, spots and puffy eyes, my husband checked the 100 gallon aquarium and all was fine. So I have to be on my best behavior and not upset Dory. It is amazing. She runs the WHOLE aquarium! No joke. I love this fish despite her dislike for me and Dolly. She has a very unique character and they are beautiful!

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  • DV - 2011-04-30
    You can not put two dory's in one tank. Trish
  • Anonymous - 2011-05-15
    Blue tangs will most likely get agressive towards each other when put in the same tank, especially if they are both actually males (despite the girl names).
Wes Goedjen - 2006-08-12
Just make sure when you have two tangs, in our case a yellow and a blue...that they are the same size when added. We have a 150 gallon tank with 60 pounds of live rock and our yellow attacked and unfortunetely killed our Dory!!

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    Next time do your research, as many fish on the reef will not get on in the small confines of a tank.
  • kate - 2011-10-07
    60 pounds isnt a lot of rock for a 150.
ryan bull - 2005-10-26
i've had 2 regal tangs for over 12 years and produced 3 young from them. it takes a long time to get them going but it well worth the effort in the long run.

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    You must be the only person who has bred tangs in captivity. Lucky you.
aris/dory - 2010-01-23
I love dory! =) They are so pretty and and amazing fish! I have this inside joke with my friend chris, since I've hit my head so many times like dory. he calls me that all the time! It can be annoying, but I don't mind cuz dory is such a cool fish!

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  • kaitlyn - 2010-03-26
    I like dory as well.
  • Ashley - 2010-11-12
    Dory is AWESOME!!:)
  • KAtiee - 2011-04-08
    She is ahhmazing
cecia saravia - 2010-10-23
Why do blue tangs scratche against the live rocks? Need answer asap.

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  • Jan - 2010-11-13
    Did you get an answer only my blue tang is doing the same could you please let me know if you did so I can understand why he is doing this.
    Many thanks.
  • Maria - 2010-12-31
    Mine was doing the scratch thing and then I noticed that he had white spots and injuries from scratching. I fed the whole tank food soaked in garlic flavor enhancer because I heard that the white spots were probably ich. anyway, They(spots) disappeared and the fish are healthy. My blue no longer scratches anymore either. Good luck!
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-02
    White spot, try using a uv filter this will help/ stop.
  • Alex - 2011-01-12
    You might have ich disease see if she has white spots if so buy medicine and a water change.
  • ces - 2011-02-14
    I have watched my tang do the same thing. She/he would bang against the rocks and eventually knock something off of it. She would then promptly eat what ever she knocked off.
carley - 2010-11-29
I have a regal tang and he is like eating all the algae in his tank.. and he is like skinny... I feed him goldfish food.. do I need to feed him something else? Oh.. wait.. he just died.. dang it!

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  • samantha - 2011-02-09
    Wow I think you should of read up on the regal tang before you bought one they live on brine mysis and such. Why would you feed it goldfish food? Next time learn about the animal and then buy it.
YURIY - 2007-01-28
dude, this web site is the bomb! i have a huge progect to do, and i got an A+

Nichole - 2010-04-08
I just bought a blue tang today and she is a beauty! We also have a Undulate Trigger which are very aggressive,( did not know this until after I bought him,) and they get along great. We are new to the hobby but our tank is doing very well and "Dory" makes a great addition. She is still a little shy but very cool to just sit and watch. I catch myself sitting just looking at the tank with all our fish.

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  • camisha - 2010-04-29
    I love this fish and it looks nice they should be everywhere.
  • michael ewton - 2010-11-12
    Hey!!:)Whatz Up!!:)