Tang (Surgeon fish) - Pacific Blue Tang



Pacific Blue Tang / Palette Surgeonfish

Beloved by aquarists for its bright blue color and appearance, the Pacific Blue Tang can be a challenge to keep. It is prone to contracting ich and other skin parasites and is very susceptible to lateral line and fin erosion. It is shy at first and should be provided branching corals and other shelter sites. It is not an overly aggressive fish and will usually not bother tankmates with the possible exception of other Pacific Blue Tangs. Juveniles can be kept in groups, but adults will quarrel unless given sufficient space. If may be picked on by more aggressive acanthurids and other aggressive species.

Generally reef safe. They will graze on filamentous algae and small fleshy macroalgae. If underfed may occasionally nip at LPS corals. Feed a varied diet, mostly vegetable matter. Feed (2-3x/day) dried and frozen herbivore foods that contain marine algae and the blue-green algae Spirulina. (Credit - "A Pocket Expert Guide, Marine Fishes")

Scientific Name: Paracanthurus hepatus
Common Name(s): Palette Surgeonfish, Pacific Blue Tang, Blue Hippo Tang
Family: Acanthuridae
Care / Experience Level: Moderate / Intermediate
Coloration: Blue, Black & Yellow
Reef Compatible: Yes
Disposition: Semi-Aggressive 
Minimum Tank Size (Gal): 100
Full Grown Size (inches): 12
Diet: Herbivore
Supplements: NA
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Water Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.023 
Water Temperature (F): 72-78
Water pH: 8.1-8.4
Water dkH: 8-12

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