Atlantic Blue Tang

  • Scientific Name: Acanthurus coeruleus
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: Caribbean, Florida Keys
  • Size: 23 centimetres (9 Inches)
  • Temperature: 22°C – 26°C (72°F – 78°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
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  • Scientific Name: Acanthurus coeruleus
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: Caribbean, Florida Keys
  • Size: 23 centimetres (9 Inches)
  • Temperature: 22°C – 26°C (72°F – 78°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
  • Specific Gravity (Salinity) – 1.020 to 1.025
  • Aquarium Size (Minimum) – 200 litres (50 gallons)
  • Appearance (Physical Description) – The juvenile colour phase of the blue tang is bright yellow with a blue eye ring and blue fin edges on the dorsal and anal fins. As the fish grows, its yellow colour transitions to a light blue-grey colour, usually starting with darker bars on the body. In the sub-adult phase, the tail often remains yellow. Eventually, the entire body and tail transitions to the darker blue adult coloration with bright blue fin edging.
  • Diet – dried algae sheets and granules and pellet foods for herbivores. Softer pellets are excellent for this species, particularly those with high algae content.
  • Feeding Frequency – Feed this species as many times per day as possible to mimic the constant meals it receives in the wild.
  • Compatibility- *See Compatibility chart*
  • Aggression – aggressive to other tangs if there is not enough territory space.
  • Difficulty to keep – easy
  • Captive Breeding – Yes but not in home aquariums.

 

Overview:

The Atlantic Blue Tang is a very beautiful specimen of Tang. With its peaceful nature and vibrant personality, the Blue Tang is the perfect aquarium specimen. However as discussed it requires copious amounts of swimming space, if you can take care of that then the only other aspect to keep an eye on would be its diet as these fish eat throughout the day. They are very robust and hard fish and can therefore fend for themselves against other predatory fish such as triggers and angelfish.