Regal Tang / Indo-Pacific Blue Tang / Yellow-belly Regal Tang

  • Scientific Name: Paracanthurus hepatus
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: Indian Ocean, from Africa to Indonesia.
  • Size: 30 centimetres (12 inches).
  • Temperature: 72°C – 29°C (80°F – 84°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
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  • Scientific Name: Paracanthurus hepatus
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Origin: Indian Ocean, from Africa to Indonesia.
  • Size: 30 centimetres (12 inches).
  • Temperature: 72°C – 29°C (80°F – 84°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
  • Specific Gravity (Salinity) – 1.020 to 1.025
  • Aquarium Size (Minimum) – 190 Litres (50 gallons)
  • Appearances (Physical Description) – The Regal Tang is chiefly bright blue in colour, but it is adorned with black markings and has a yellow caudal fin. The caudal fin sports a black stripe along both the upper and lower margins. The colour of this fish can change rapidly depending on mood.  A razor-sharp spine (the “scalpel” is found on both sides of the caudal peduncle and the fin spines are venomous. (The fish is equipped with an anterolateral glandular groove with a venom gland.)
  • Diet – In the wild, the Regal tang feeds chiefly on benthic and planktivorous invertebrates and attached algae. In the aquarium, it should be kept on a varied omnivore diet to ensure optimal health. This is a curious creature that will give most type of food a try and is therefore easy to train onto new food types. You can for instance give your fish meaty foods such as shrimps plus fresh algae and algae-based foods. Boiled vegetables, e.g. zucchini and broccoli, are appreciated by some individuals. Adding a high-quality flake food rich in vitamin C to the diet is a good idea, because vitamin deficiency is believed to increase the risk of head and lateral line erosion. If kept with bullying tank mates, the Blue hippo tang may stop eating or eat too little.
  • Feeding Frequency – Grazes throughout the day.
  • Compatibility- *See Compatibility chart*
  • Aggression – Juveniles found in groups. Adults are solitary and territorial.
  • Difficulty to keep – easy
  • Captive Breeding – no

 

Overview:

The Regal Blue Tang is a beautiful specimen to have in your aquarium. Since the movie ‘Finding Nemo’ was released this species has become highly popular in the marine hobby. Keeping this species is fairly easy, maintaining a healthy diet and healthy water parameters will ensure a healthy and beautiful species. Your aquarium should have a few hiding places as well as plenty open water for swimming space. Don’t worry if you find your Blue hippo tang lying on its side on the substrate; it is only natural and doesn’t mean that the fish is dead or trying to remove skin parasites. Excessive scratching is on the other hand a sign of parasitic skin problems. This species is rather susceptible to skin disease, such as marine ich and marine velvet. It is best to house one Regal Tang per aquarium. Other than that this species is highly attractive and every single specimen has a personality of its own.