Blue Hippo Tang (Captive Bred) - Paracanthurus hepatus
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The Blue Hippo Tang, also known as the Regal Tang, is one of the most iconic of all fish offered in the marine aquarium hobby. These fish are notable for their deep blue coloration and black masking that runs from their eyes back along their bodies, to their bright yellow tails. Hippo tangs are native to the Indo-Pacific, though these fish have been captive bred by Biota Aquariums rather than harvested from the ocean.
Blue Hippo Tangs grow up to 1 foot long, and should be kept in large aquariums of 180 gallons or more. Like other tangs, they're generally reef safe and semi-aggressive, as they often show aggression towards newly introduced tangs, especially others of similar shape and color. Being a very large and active tang species, it's essential to make sure to provide plenty of open swimming space as well as ample rockwork for grazing and hiding.
Blue Hippo Tangs, like other surgeonfish, are mostly herbivorous, and should be provided with a diet rich in vegetable matter such as dried nori sheets. They'll also readily accept meaty frozen or prepared foods.