Blue Tang - Paracanthurus hepatus

Blue Tang - Paracanthurus hepatus

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Please note - All our marine livestock can only be kept in saltwater aquariums, not freshwater aquariums.

Scientific Name:
Paracanthurus hepatus

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The dorsal contains a toxin that can cause severe pain, to small predators as well as humans, take caution when handling.

How easy are they to care for?
Intermediate/advanced – will need a very mature tank of at least 6ft in size.

How large can they grow?

Where in the world are they from?

What is the ideal number to keep together?
Best to keep 1 individual per tank

What water conditions do they require?
SG: 1.020-1.025, pH: 8.1-8.4
23-27 deg C (73-81 deg F)

What should you feed them?
Algae/seaweed is their main diet. However a mix of mysis, brine, copepods krill and fish/lobster eggs. Dried foods can be offered and will be accepted in time.

How compatible are they with other fish?
Should be kept with other peaceful community fish that won’t compete for food.

Can they be bred in captivity?
Not likely to breed in captivity.

Are they reef safe?
With caution – keep well fed to avoid nipping at corals