Blue Hippo Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) - Large
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Tangs are commonly referred to as surgeon fish due to having a sharp spine that looks like a "scalpel" at the base of their caudal (tail) fin that is used for protection, use caution when handling. They should not be kept with fish that look similar, like other tangs. However, they should be peaceful towards most other tank mates. The Blue Hippo Tang will grow to be over a foot in size, so they will need substantial swimming room. Full grown adults of this tang will need around 250 gallons; however, you can get away with smaller aquariums when they are juveniles. Adults can be found in small groups in areas of strong currents near seaward reefs up to 40 meters deep. Juveniles can also be found in loose groups and are known to hide themselves tightly between the branches of coral. They are also referred to as the "Palette" Surgeonfish because their black marking closely resembles a painter's palette. Their vibrant blue and yellow colorations make them a favorite among hobbyists.
- - Do not be alarmed if your Hippo Tang is found hiding within the rockwork as this is a fairly normal behavior
- - Recommended for the more experienced hobbyist
- - Add to an aquarium with ample swimming room and rockwork for grazing/hiding
- - For continued health, provide a varied diet of marine meaty foods and algae-based foods
- - Should be the only tang within the aquarium
- - Reef safe: typically, will not disturb mobile and sessile invertebrates
- - Approximate selling size: Small 1.25-2"; Medium 2-2.5"; Large 2.5-3.5"
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ACCLIMATION: Avoid exposing new aquatic life to bright lights after opening the box. Turn off aquarium lights prior to floating aquatic life. Allow the sealed bag with your new fish to float in your aquarium for at least 15 minutes (but no longer than one hour) to ensure the water in the bag matches the temperature in your aquarium. A bacteria booster addition can assist with the addition of new aquatic life. Petco offers free water testing in store to determine if your water is safe for the addition of new aquatic life. DIET: A well-balanced diet consists of a variety of flakes, pellets, freeze-dried and frozen foods, depending on the species. FEEDING: Feed sparingly and no more than fish can eat in 1-2 minutes. Overfeeding can quickly foul the water, especially in smaller aquariums.
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