The Blue Tang is one of the more stunning saltwater aquarium fish in the hobby, and is also one of the more iconic. As with all fish, the Blue Tang, also known as the Hippo Tang, Regal Tang, Palette Surgeonfish, or the Paracanthurus, has unique living requirements that must be met for it to thrive. It’s a rather oval fish that is a brilliantly vibrant blue with a beautiful yellow tail. The movie “Finding Dory” starred the Blue Tang and was voiced by Ellen DeGeneres which spurred much interest in the reef keeping hobby and in particular, the Blue Tang.
Before jumping into purchasing your own you should be well aware of the work involved in caring for this beautiful fish. It’s not the most difficult fish to care for but it also isn’t a fish ideal for beginners.
Of all the Tang species, this one is the most active which is why it requires a larger aquarium to thrive. It is generally a very hardy fish despite the above average proneness to ich and other skin diseases. However, ich tends to resolve itself naturally when the fish is living in excellent water quality conditions.
For quite some time the Blue Tang was not able to be bred in captivity. Recently there has been progress made which is good news both for the Blue Tang and for natural coral reefs.
Poor diet is the primary cause of a blue tang losing some of its colors. Their preferred food is algae and other greens. Feeding seaweed often is highly recommended to keep them healthy and colorful.
While blue tang do love algae and seaweed, they are omnivores and should be fed a varied diet that is primarily vegetative but not exclusively.
Large carnivorous fish such as grouper and tuna are common predators of blue tang fish.
We hope that you’ve learned a lot about this wonderful fish. If you’re still considering owning one, you should now be much better prepared for success.
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