The Blue Tang (Paracanthurus Hepatus) enjoys the distinction of being a single of the five most recognizable maine fishes along with the percula clownfish (Percula, Ocellaris), flame angelfish (Centropyge Loriculus), yellow tang (Zebrasoma Flavescens) and the royal gramma (Gramma Loreto). To date, it is the only member of the genus Paracanthurus. Beautifully colored with an iridescent blue all through its physique with thick black markings that begin from the eyes and stretch all the way to its yellow tail.
The blue tang also enjoyed the limelight as a main character in the movie, Finding Nemo. The blue tang is also identified as the Hippo Tang, Royal Blue Tang, Regal Tang and the Palette Surgeonfish. Each the blue and yellow tangs combine to grow to be the two most well-known surgeonfishes in the hobby. Collected heavily from all through the Indo-Pacific, it is a quite affordable fish. Prices range from $ 25 fr a modest specimen to $ 80 for an adult. As with all surgeonfish, the blue tang is susceptible to ich and lateral line erosion so pick so preserve a appear out for any sign of the two.
Towards other species of fish the blue tang is fairly peaceful. Which is why (apart from its beauty) it enjoys such recognition in the marine aquarium hobby. They can be hostile towards other surgeonfish, particularly blue tangs so the basic rule should be one particular blue tank per aquarium.
There a schooling fish in the wild. If much more than 1 is present in a big tank, such behavior can be witnessed. When housing a lot more than 1 blue tang, they should often be introduced at the identical time. Aggression is usually observed when placing a new blue tang in with an established one.
Their maximum attainable length is 12 inches. Fish that size need to have tanks upwards of a 100 gallons. Since this fish is heavily collected, there will be a lot of little specimens no bigger than an inch. At that size they will develop very very quick so do not be fooled into putting them in a 30 gallon tank..
Ample swimming space are needed by blue tangs so the scape need to reflect this. They require a couple of niches/caves to bed down in every night.
Like most of its surgeonfish cousins, blue tangs are herbivores in the wild. They type big shoals and will graze on algae for most of the day. In captivity a vast percentage of their diet regime ought to be made up of algae primarily based foods. They are entirely reef secure (In contrast to marine angelfish) generating them really well-liked selections for bigger reef aquariums.
Nori/seaweed sheets are a preferred offering among hobbyists. You can buy either branded seaweed (Julian Sprung)or you can run down to your nearby supermarket and get some inexpensive nori there. Buy unflavoured, plain nori. They often come with spices so you want to keep away from those. Attach your seaweed to a nori clip and attach it to the side of the tank.
Blue tangs will typically consume something offered in captivity regardless of the truth that they are mostly vegetarians in the wild. Meaty foods should make up a tiny percent of their everyday diet.
Formula one and formula two meals mixes are a excellent selection as well as krill, mysis shrimp and a higher high quality pellet. New Life Spectrum produces some exceptional pellets for all marine fishes.
As soon as in a although you’ll see pet shops feeding lettuce to their tangs. You want to keep away from lettuce as it doesn’t offer you much nutritionally (romaine or iceberg, does not matter).