The Pacific Blue Tang is a member of the surgeonfishes and is one of the most active swimmers of the available tangs. They will need at least a 75 gallon tank (284 liters), preferably larger, to allow for adequate swimming space. They can be fairly hardy once acclimated but will not do well in a tank that has not completed the aquarium nitrogen cycle. You will also need highly oxygenated water provided through increased surface agitation (multiple power heads) and/or the heavy use of air stones.
- Scientific Name: Paracanthurus hepatus
- Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Solomon Islands
- Lifespan: 8-20 years
- Max Size: 12 inches
- Food: Live, Frozen and Flake
- Approximate Size: Small: 1 to 1 1/2";Med 2 to 2 1/2";Lg: 3" to 4" Xlg:4 to 5