Paracanthurus hepatus (Blue Tang)

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Paracanthurus hepatus (Blue Tang)

Post  thierry on Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:56 pm

Source: liveaquaria.com

QUICK STATS
  • Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
  • Max. Size:
  • Color Form: Blue
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Solomon Islands
  • Family: Acanthuridae
  • Insert Date: 3 December 2009


The Blue Tang boasts a vibrant electric blue body dressed with bold black markings. In fact, the black that begins at the eyes, traces the dorsal line down to the tail, and circles back above the pectoral fin to create a unique shape reminiscent of a painter's palette. This marking is why the Blue Tang is also known as the Palette Surgeonfish. It is also called the Pacific Blue Tang, and Hepatus or Regal Tang. Regardless of common name, Paracanthurus hepatus fish is equal parts beauty and peacefulness that suits almost any large community marine aquarium.
Native to reefs across the Indo-Pacific, the Blue Tang relishes a good hiding location amongst live rock. However, this active fish also loves to swim. Therefore, ample room to roam around your aquarium is essential for optimum health. Though peaceful towards most tankmates, the Pacific Blue will become aggressive towards other fish of its own species. To keep multiple specimens, introduce the entire lot at once into a larger marine system.

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen the Blue Tang's immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least three times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Careful observance of the Blue Tang is essential; as it is more susceptible to lateral line disease, fin erosion, ich and other skin parasites than many other fish.

Links:
http://www.aqua-fish.net/saltwater/?palette-surgeonfish
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/Surgeonfish/Blue-Hippo-Tang.php
http://www.reeflex.net/tiere/524_Paracanthurus_hepatus.htm
http://www.reefcorner.com/SpecimenSheets/bluetang.htm
http://hubpages.com/hub/Blue-Tang
http://www.fishlore.com/profile-pacificbluetang.htm


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First Pictures

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December 14

Post  thierry on Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:06 pm

Added new corals to the tank

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Post  thierry on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:08 pm




Also made movie of the Blue Tang
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Post  thierry on Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:42 pm

The blue tang is growing quickly, maybe it shows in the pictures also. I made some new ones after cleaning last weekend, and also made a little movie.



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Februari 8

Post  thierry on Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:16 pm

The Blue Tang is doing fine, she had a little argument with the clownfish (more other way around, blue tang wasn't doing anything) but besides that she seems to be happy.


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Hermit Crab Added

Post  thierry on Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:21 pm

Tuesday we added a Hermit Crab, the Blue Tang just passed it a couple of times, curious as she is


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Cleaning February 14

Post  thierry on Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:32 pm

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Re: Paracanthurus hepatus (Blue Tang)

Post  thierry on Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:41 am

Getting bigger and bigger...but healthy Smile
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The road to rebuilding Pt 1

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:26 pm

The Blue Tang is hiding a lot lately. You can still see him between or behind the rocks, but he doesn’t appear much in the front anymore. Might have something to do with the lack of green algae on the rocks now. Also the reason I couldn’t get a picture of him.
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The road to rebuilding Pt2

Post  thierry on Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:07 pm

For the Blue Tang I expect that he will be more visible when everything is done. There should be a lot of caves, but they will be more open, so you can spot fishes easier. At least, that is what I hope.
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Found some information on Hubpages

Post  thierry on Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:44 pm

Nice article on the Blue Tang at Hubpages
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Found some information on Fishlore

Post  thierry on Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:09 pm

Found an article on Fishlore
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Rebuilding Day 1

Post  thierry on Fri May 14, 2010 11:03 am

She was good in hiding underneath rocks, making it hard to catch her. But as soon as I moved the rocks around she was easy to catch.
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Rebuilding Day 4, the aftermath

Post  thierry on Mon May 17, 2010 3:37 pm

She already seems happy with the new environment. Already inspected every cave and hole there is :p
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The days after, Part 1

Post  thierry on Tue May 18, 2010 10:11 am

The Blue Tang is enjoying all the rocks and caves she can move through. She seems to be happy.

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June 2 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:28 pm

The blue tang is being bullied a bit by the clownfish, especially when he comes near them.

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Added new Urchin, Hermit Crab and Mushrooms

Post  thierry on Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:14 pm

The Blue Tang is enjoying the many algae that now grow in the aquarium.
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New Sand Sifting Sea Star

Post  thierry on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:54 pm

No new on the Blue Tang
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Movie

Post  thierry on Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:09 am

A while ago I recorded some movies, I just took the parts out from each animal separate.
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Added Yellow Wrasse and Coral Beauty Angelfish

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New corals

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