Blue Hippo Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)
Species Information Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Diet: Herbivore Reef Compatible: Yes Max. Size: 12 inches Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons Approximate Purchase Size: 2 to 3 inches
Notes: The Blue Hippo Tang, also known as the Regal Blue Tang, Blue Tang, Hippo Tang, Palette Surgeonfish and Pacific Blue Tang.
The coloration of the Blue Hippo Tang is 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.
To be successful with a Blue Hippo Tang a well-established 180 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room, places to hide and graze upon. The Blue Hippo Tang is aggressive towards other of its species, but peaceful with other fish.
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 their 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 3 times per week.
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