The Blue Tang fish is probably the second most popular aquarium fish, right behind the clown fish as number one. This is due to the very popular Disney movie, Finding Nemo. I, myself am a huge fan of Finding Nemo! Dory is the name of the Blue Tang fish in this movie and has become known worldwide. It has become so popular that “Dory” is now a common name of this tang, a long with a few others.
In the wild the Blue Tang comes from Fiji, Indonesia and other tropical locations. In the aquarium, you should provide a very large tank because they are very active swimmers! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…
You can mix Blue Tang’s with a wide variety of marine fish due to their peacefulness. Just be careful not to mix with the same species unless your tank is very large, they can become aggressive then.
Your aquarium should have live rock built up so they have places to hide. Also, you will want to provide a large open space for swimming. They are awesome fish to watch due to their activeness.
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Blue Tang Fish Care
Scientific Name: Paracanthurus hepatus
Natural Habitat: Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Solomon Islands.
Common Names: Dory, Blue Tang, Pacific Blue Tang, Regal Tang.
Beginner Fish: Yes, care level is easy!
Adult Size: Up to 1 foot.
Tank Size: 125 gallons and up.
Tank Mates: They may become aggressive towards other fish of it’s own species. But they are peaceful fish so you will be able to mix with many other marine fish.
Tank Region: Everywhere.
Water Temperature: 72°F – 78°F
Water pH: 8.1 – 8.4
Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.025
Carbonate Hardness: 8-12°
Feeding: Feed meaty foods and veggie based foods. Offer a marine based seaweed and algae, this will help with the Blue Tang’s immune system. You will be able to find food products from brands like Ocean Nutrition, Sea Veggies and Seaweed Salad.