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Regal Tang

Regal Tang

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Paracanthurus hepatus

Due to variations within species, your item may not look
identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between
individual specimen

Care Level: Moderate

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Color Form: Blue

Diet: Herbivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025

Max. Size: 1'

Origin: Fiji, Indonesia,
Maldives

Family: Acanthuridae

Minimum Tank Size: 180
gallons

 

New to the hobby? Blue Tangs are best cared for in
aquariums at least 6 feet in length by experienced marine (saltwater)
aquarists. If you're a beginner, we recommend a similar-looking fish such as
the Marine (Saltwater) Yellowtail Damselfish.

 

The Blue Tang boasts a vibrant electric blue body dressed
with bold black markings. In fact, the black that begins at the eyes, traces
the dorsal line down to the tail, and circles back above the pectoral fin to
create a unique shape reminiscent of a painter's palette. This marking is why
the Blue Tang is also known as the Palette Surgeonfish. It is also called the
Pacific Blue Tang, and Hepatus or Regal Tang. Regardless of common name,
Paracanthurus hepatus is equal parts beauty and peacefulness that suits almost
any large community marine aquarium.

Native to reefs across the Indo-Pacific, the Blue Tang
relishes a good hiding location amongst live rock. However, this active fish
also loves to swim. Therefore, ample room to roam around your aquarium is
essential for optimum health. Though peaceful towards most tankmates, the
Pacific Blue will become aggressive towards other fish of its own species. To
keep multiple specimens, introduce the entire lot at once into a larger marine
system.

 

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other
fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine
based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen the Blue Tang's immune system,
reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to
a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least three times per week. Sea
Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy
to use.

 

Proper care of the Blue Tang requires a slightly higher
degree of dedication and attention as it is more susceptible to lateral line
disease, fin erosion, Ich and other skin parasites than many other fish. Ensure
highest water quality and a varied diet, rich in nutritious marine-base
vegetables to keep your Blue Tang in optimal health.