Animal Stories - Blue Tang

Animal-World Information about: Blue Tang

   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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Siobhan McDonald - 2019-11-08
I Am Adopting her i call her Dory

Rito - 2015-10-28
Hi im a begginer in starting a salt water tank in wich im planning to so im asking if its ok to put a juvenile blue tang with an ocellaris clown wich is with a sea anemone that im planning to take care of??

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  • Clarence Green - 2016-07-17
    If you want a blue tang aka Dory a quarantine tank is an absolute must not matter how healthy the fish looks a flawless looking fish can still carry parasites or flukesomething. It's our responsibility as aquarist to protect the fish from harm a untreated ich problem can explode in the confines of a tank and copper is only treatment unless you want to set up a bunch of tanks and transfer fish every 48 hrs.
    Best to leave this fish alone until you have proper set up, I waited 10 years before I got mine didn't want to put in a 75 gallon
Keragahn Scott - 2016-03-25
I love my tang. She is beautiful in my tank. I have two clowns, a dwarf flame back angel, a six line wrasse, a goby, two cardinals, and two chromes, and my tang . Everyone gets along just fine there is no fighting or anything its amazing.

Anonymous - 2015-10-29
Hi i was thinking if its ok to put a juvenile blue ring angel with a juvenile blue tang in a 20 gal. Tank in wich i will upgrade soon

Elaine - 2015-10-06
Hi my Blue tang his top black gills he lost some, I don't know how, but my question is will it grow back.

steve - 2015-04-30
i have 75 gal fish only tank with 4 small clowns 1 canary blenny 1 neon dottyback 1 neon puffer 1 niger trigger 1 koran angel . I would like to get 1 or 2 more fish what would you recommend?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-01
    Your tank is basically semi-aggressive with moderately sized fish. I do suggest staying away from more Angelfish due to their territorial nature. Maybe some wrasses?  Be sure to look at the info on any fish you are considering so you know their social behaviors, feeding habits, and the area of the tank they will inhabit.
aidan boyd - 2012-10-16
What fish go good with a Blue Tang?

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  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-17
    Okay thanks. What size tank would you need for one or two Blue Tangs?
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-09
    Actually, most, if not all surgeonfish are very territorial and will not tolerate other tangs of any kind in the aquarium. Be careful and read about each one! They are generally peaceful with all kinds of OTHER fish since they are herbivores. Clownfish, lionfish, eels, gobies, blennies, angelfish, butterflyfish, etc. etc. Because of the adult size of these fish, a minimum of 75 gallons is recommended for keeping just one, 100 or more gallons would house 2 of them but it is highly unlikely they would get along.
  • James - 2014-03-03
    I've had a Blue Tang (Regal Tang) for several months now living with 2 clown fish, a Kole Tang, and Royal Gramma. There is no aggression amongst any of my fish and they all hang close together. I can see if the hippo has lived in the tank for awhile and you introduce another fish, that could lead to a territorial issue as with all fish. Add the Hippo last and he will be bullied for a couple hours at best and does just fine thereafter. Also introducing fish while the lights off increases the chance for a more peaceful transition.
katie - 2010-05-29
I have had 2 blue tangs in my tank for 3 weeks. And I know 1 of them is really stressed but the other is always hiding behind the rocks and isn't coming out to feed because the other one that is stressed, when the one isn't feeding it wants to come out from behind the rocks but it can't because of the one that is stressed is chasing after it to get back behind the rocks. Why isnt it coming out and feeding?

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    You are only supposed to keep one on its own. They are solitary fish
  • Pete - 2012-02-06
    Thats why why you should keep one per tank.
  • claire - 2012-03-02
    We have 2 in our tank and they never fight and they swim together, never any problems. So it is possible to have 2 per tank!
  • Mike - 2012-03-09
    Two or more are fine in a tank if introduced at the same time. Its even better if they are introduced together at a younger age. I have have had two in my tank for over two years with no problems. Also make sure your tank is not too small and not overcrowded.
  • kyle corrin - 2012-10-15
    I have a 3ft tank can i keep a yellow tang and a powder tang together if i introduce them small and at the same time.
  • playdoc - 2012-11-01
    No.3ft. is normally about 25-40 gallons, and Blue Tangs need 75 gallons for one or two.
Callan Checkley - 2012-08-25
Is a 3ft tank big enough for a blue tang to live in?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    That size tank would not be large enough for the adult size of a Tang.  As a younger it would be OK but as it starts to grow - it is recommended that the blue Tan have at least a 75 gallon tank.  Smaller could cause stunting.  A 3 foot tank (which is normally 12 inches wide) is only about 22 gallons which isn't big enough for your fella. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-26
    no worrys thanks
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-16
    No problem. What fish can I have in a 25 gallon tank?
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-15
    I have a 25 gallon tank. Will that be enough for one or two Blue Tangs?
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-15
    No, let me reiterate what Charlie pointed out... 25 gallons is not big enough for even one, they really need 75 gallons or more.
  • playdoc - 2012-10-18
    Okay thanks. What fish can I have?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    For this fish, especially if you want 2 a 125 gallon tank is recommended.
Ryan - 2012-10-04
I've seen some as far south as Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I haven't been diving much further south so can not verify that they don't live past there.