The Blue Tang (Paracanthurus Hepatus) enjoys the distinction of being a single of the 5 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 throughout its body with thick black markings that commence from the eyes and stretch all the way to its yellow tail.
The blue tang is also a single of the stars of the hit film, Locating Nemo. It is also recognized as the Palette Surgeonfish, Royal Blue Tang, Hippo Tang and the Regal Tang. Each the blue and yellow tangs combine to grow to be the two most common surgeonfishes in the hobby. 1 of the most heavily collected fishes from the Indo-Pacific, they are very reasonably priced. Costs range from $ 25 fr a small specimen to $ 80 for an adult. As with all surgeonfish, the blue tang is susceptible to ich and lateral line erosion so pick so maintain a appear out for any sign of the two.
The blue tang is a comparatively peaceful fish towards other species outdoors the tang family members. 1 of the reasons why it enjoys such recognition in the hobby. They are hostile towards blue tangs and to a lesser extent, other surgeonfish so do not add more than 1 blue tang per aquarium.
There a schooling fish in the wild. If several are kept together in a large tank they can usually be noticed swimming collectively. Always introduce multiple blue tangs at the same time. Aggression is typically noticed when putting a new blue tang in with an established a single.
Blue tangs attain a maximum length of 12 inches. As such they must be housed only in larger tanks upwards of one hundred gallons. Due to the fact this fish is heavily collected, there will be many modest specimens no larger than an inch. At that size they will grow really really fast so never be fooled into placing them in a 30 gallon tank..
Ample swimming space are needed by blue tangs so the scape must reflect this. They need at least a few caves/niches as they bed down in these locations every single night.
Like most of its surgeonfish cousins, blue tangs are herbivores in the wild. They form huge shoals and will graze on algae for most of the day. As herbivores, they call for massive amounts of algae primarily based foods in captivity. Unlike marine angelfish, they are fully reef secure and do not bother corals, generating them hugely well-known fish for huge marine reef aquariums.
Nori/seaweed sheets are a favorite offering among hobbyists. You can get either branded seaweed (Julian Sprung)or you can run down to your nearby supermarket and get some inexpensive nori there. Constantly acquire plain, unflavoured nori. Keep away from these that are come spiced. Clip the sheet with a commercial nori clip or a device of your own performing and attach it to the side of the tank.
Blue tangs will typically consume anything supplied in captivity despite the reality that they are primarily vegetarians in the wild. A tiny percentage of their diet program need to come from meaty foods.
Formula a single and formula two food mixes are a excellent choice as well as krill, mysis shrimp and a high quality pellet. A highly reputable meals for all marine fishes are those that are made by New Life Spectrum.
When in a while you are going to see pet shops feeding lettuce to their tangs. Both romaine and iceberg lettuce do not offer you a lot nutritionally so you want to stay away from lettuce altogether.
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