Fish Common Names Blue Tang, Palette Surgeonfish, Hepatus Tang, Blue Surgeonfish, and Regal Tang Latin Name Paracanthurus hepatus Photo Courtesy of Mamachipy Reef Safe: Yes Attitude: Peacful, A good community fish. Diet: Herbivore feeding on algae and marine based seaweed, however will also consume meaty foods like brine and mysis shrimps. Care: Grows up to 12" and needs a fairly long and large tank of around 80 gallons to sustain its constant grazing and movement. Is normally a good eater and will recognise the hand that feeds it. As with all tangs, the blue tang must be fed marine algae and seaweed to boost its immune system and to prevent it from suffering the effects of head and latteral line disease or hole-in-the-head. They are also susceptable to ich and should be quarantined before placed into the main tank. Origin: Indo-Pacific, Solomon Islands and Fiji Personal Observations: Blue tangs get on well with most other fish (with the exception of predators and other tangs) are are a great canditate for the community aquarium. They will add great blue colour through the tank and are always constantly grazing on algae in the aquarium. Is a good feeder and will take all forms of food and feeds well on Nori and similar seaweeds offered of a veggie clip. A very eye catching species that will catch the eye of any wanderer. Feeding: Offer marine based seaweed on a veggie clip or rock 2-3 times a week, and will also constantly graze on algae present on the rocks and glass of the aquarium. Mysis and Brine shrimp can also be offered to the blue tang to increase growth and strengthen its immunity against diseases.