Powder Blue Tang

  • Scientific Name: Acanthurus leucosternon
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: Indian Ocean, from Africa to Indonesia.
  • Size: 20 centimetres (8 inches).
  • Temperature: 72°C – 29°C (80°F – 84°F)
  • PH – 8.2 to 8.4
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  • Scientific Name: Acanthurus leucosternon
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: Indian Ocean, from Africa to Indonesia.
  • Size: 20 centimetres (8 inches).
  • Temperature: 72°C – 29°C (80°F – 84°F)
  • PH – 8.2 to 8.4
  • Specific Gravity (Salinity) – 1.020 to 1.025
  • Aquarium Size (Minimum) – 190 Litres (50 gallons)
  • Appearances (Physical Description) – The Powder Blue Tang is blue with a white chest. The head is black and decorated with a broad white band that runs from the base of the pectoral fin to the throat. Anal and pelvic fins are white. The dorsal fin is yellow with a white margin and a black sub marginal line.
  • Diet – fresh and dried marine algae, Spirulina flakes, and boiled vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and spinach.
  • Feeding Frequency – Grazes throughout the day.
  • Compatibility- *See Compatibility chart*
  • Aggression – Territorially aggressive. Aggressive towards other tangs and similar looking fish.
  • Difficulty to keep – hard
  • Captive Breeding – no

 

Overview:

The Powder Blue Tang is a beautiful specimen and if you have a large enough aquarium, keeping one would definitely be a good idea. It would be advised to have an aged and matured aquarium with a lot of filamentous algae growing and lots of live rock as this species grazes throughout the day. Always try keep a piece on fresh or dried marine seaweed sheet in your aquarium so they can graze as they please.  Preferably add some type of flake or pellet rich in vitamin C to the diet to reduce the risk of health problems. Once in a while, you should give your fish some brine shrimp, mysis shrimp or similar, because this algae grazer will ingest tiny animals while browsing algae in the wild and must be provided with meaty foods in the aquarium to stay healthy in the long run. The Powder blue tang is very sensitive to organic waste and the levels of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate must therefore be kept extremely low. Ammonia and nitrite should be kept at non-detectable levels and the amount of nitrate must never exceed 10 ppm. Do not crowd the aquarium. Efficient filtration and aeration are imperative. The water must be warm, ideally around 72°C – 29°C (80°F – 84°F).  An increased water temperature can sometimes trigger eating in anorectic specimens. Keep the pH-value in the 8.2-8.4 range. Unlike most other surgeons, the Powder blue tang will not cope well with a pH-value below 8.2.