Blue Tang Surgeonfish, Acanthurus coeruleus, Caribbean Blue Tang

I am sure you have have all heard of Pixar's new movie "Finding Dory" coming out this month. I am actually really excited myself having a young child to bring to the movie for the first time. I really enjoyed the original movie "Finding Nemo" when it came out in 2013.

I also remember working at a local fish store during this time and the demand surge for clownfish. I remember the excited parents coming into the store wanting to get a clownfish for their tank and not really knowing anything about care for the cute little orange fish they wanted. I know many experienced hobbyists cringe at the thought of having someone completely unknowledgeable trying to purchase these fish, but I always saw this as a learning opportunity. The hobby has changed dramatically over the years and these customers are a blank slate lacking the thousands of opinions from hard-core forums. I see these experiences as opportunities to welcome new people into the hobby. It is also a huge plus when parents have the opportunity to share the wonderful learning experiences with children about not only the ocean world, but about the technology and craft behind the hobby as well. There are so many opportunities to teach children - biological, chemistry, trade skills from DIY projects, plumbing, software, etc. I'm going a little bit off topic in my excitement though - I promise you I will follow up in a later post about the benefits and activities you can work on with your family when you have an aquarium.

As a responsible aquarist, I seek again to provide this learning opportunity to parents and children about the "Dory Fish" AKA Blue Tang. With the new Finding Dory movie coming out, there will be a large demand to have this fish in home aquariums and there is a whole lot more to educate new comers into the hobby about Dory. I will be focusing on the following in this blog post:

Family: Acanthuridae About the Pacific Blue Tang Species Type: Saltwater Fish Category: Tangs & Rabbitfish Care Level: Moderate

The Blue Eyed Tang is also commonly known as the two-spot surgeonfish or the two-spot bristletooth. It is considered an algae eater, and the addition of live rocks is indispensable for it to thrive well. The Blue Eyed Tang is considered reef safe that makes it an ideal marine aquarium fish in a tank containing other corals and invertebrates. It mainly feeds on the algae present on the rock by literally scooping it off of the rock using its protrusible mouth with specialized bristle-like teeth. The Blue Eyed Tang needs ample space and care is not that difficult, which makes it a very good choice for a beginner aquarists. It should not be kept in tank less than 30 gallons. The Blue Eyed Tang should have plenty of live rocks with nooks and crannies that make it easier to survive in the tank. This Blue Eyed Tang mostly spends its days feeding on algae growing on the substrate. It should never be combined with the member of its own species. The Blue Eyed Tang is considered reef compatible, and it should leave coral polyps and most other reef invertebrates alone. The Blue Eyed Tang makes a wonderful addition to any saltwaterfish tank and captivates any onlookers. It can also feed on frozen mysis shrimp and blend of premium flake foods for its continued good heath.

The Powder Blue Tang: An Iconic Beauty Demanding Exceptional Care

Jun 27, 2016 - The blue tang is a highly complicated saltwater fish that requires the care and knowledge of an expert Ben, I know that these tangs are hard to keep, But you should check your care and tank systems. I have a Powder Blue tang that has been in a 30 gal. tank with clownfish and a Potters Angel for at least 2 years. If you don't have inverts and it only a fish tank try adding some copper, I use coppersafe and haven't seen a white spot since I got him two years ago. I know that my tank is small for a tang but this fish is beautiful and fat. I need to set up my 150 and give it some more room, but so far so good. Try the copper and good luck. It works, just keep in mind you can't keep inverts with copper. Steve

Also known as the blue tang or blue hippo tang, these fish .

The Blue or Hippo Tang, Paracanthurus hepatus, is another surgeonfish that needs a lot of room to swim! They need 180 gallons, lots of strong water movement, plenty of veggies and appropriate tank mates. They will become quite belligerent in smaller tanks and will go after other tangs and fish if they feel crowded. They are one of the easier tangs to care for, aside from being the most popular fish sought after by new saltwater aquarists due to the movie Finding Nemo. Sadly, newbies quickly find that their 55 gallon tank is not going to cut it, as the Blue Hippo Tang will grow to 12," besides producing a lot of waste. Their need, like other tangs, to swim very quickly and aggressively means a 6 foot tank is minimum.

Be prepared to spend some serious jack on this fish though