Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)
An old favorite, there is hardly a bluer fish than the venerable blue tang. Blue tangs are energetic and oftentimes feisty fish that adapt well to larger aquaria. Not only is this beautiful animal completely reef-safe, but it also is a heavy grazer that helps to control nuisance green algae benthic algae.
Juveniles feed primarily on zooplankton, but rely increasingly upon algae as they mature. It never feeds on coral and may indeed be beneficial by feeding on algae that could otherwise outgrow and smother out corals. Care should be taken by the aquarist to avoid the caudal spine, which is located just in front of the tail and can cause considerable injury.
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Size and Care Requirements
- Purchase Size: ~1 – 1.25″ (length)
- Max Size: 12″ (length)
- Water Parameters:~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, s.g. 1.021-1.023
- Color: Bright blue with black markings and yellow tail.
- Reef-Safe: Yes
- Feeding: Omnivorous
Blue Tang Species Information
The blue tang can be found on coral reefs throughout the Indo–Pacific Ocean from the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan to East Africa and Sri Lanka.
Benefits of Aquacultured Blue Tangs
Aquacultured blue tangs offer a huge advantage over wild-caught specimens. For example, when bred and raised under captive conditions, they adjust more easily to aquarium life. They are also much less likely to carry disease. Better yet, aquacultured specimens are better equipped to tolerate shipping stress. By purchasing aquacultured fish, you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every blue tang we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.
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