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- Blue Tang
- Palette surgeonfish
- Flagtail Surgeonfish
- Regal Tang
- Hippo Tang
- Indo-Pacific Tang
- Blue Surgeonfish
Bright royal blue body highlighted by a black 'painters palette', with a contrasting yellow tail. Possibly the most offered tang in the aquarium hobby. Known to the kiddies as "Dory" (from the movie Finding Nemo), these tangs are hardy once they are established.
~30cm wild (Fishbase).
Notes about what they do, how they inteact with others, different species etc.
As juveniles grow they become open water swimmers. Since they also grow large a 6'x 2'x 2' is recommended for mature fish.
Moderate to high
They will feed on seaweed & other general aquarium foods, including unroasted Nori purchased from supermarkets.
How quickly it will grow under various conditions.
Highly susceptible to C. irritans (marine whitespot); Amyloodinium (marine velvet). Also vulnerable to HLLE.
With case of Cryptocaryon, Ich
Care should be taken when mixing tangs. Ideally avoid similarly shaped Acanthurus sp., instead choosing Zebrasoma sp., or Ctenochaetus sp. This may minimise aggression.
Does it have coral that it is not compatable with?
Is it compatable with other invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms?
How it reproduces, how suitable it is to breeding or captive propagation, techniques on how to etc.
Found throughout the Indo Pacific. (Fishbase)
Usually found in shallow waters (10-40m) on seaward reefs. (Fishbase)
Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.
- Surgeonfishes, A.K.A. the Tangs by James Fatherree - Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine
- Paracanthurus hepatus - FishBase