Animal Stories - Blue Tang

Animal-World Information about: Blue Tang

   Readily available and very beautiful, the Blue Tang is probably the second most popular tang next to the Yellow tang!
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aidan boyd - 2012-10-16
What fish go good with a Blue Tang?

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  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-17
    Okay thanks. What size tank would you need for one or two Blue Tangs?
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-09
    Actually, most, if not all surgeonfish are very territorial and will not tolerate other tangs of any kind in the aquarium. Be careful and read about each one! They are generally peaceful with all kinds of OTHER fish since they are herbivores. Clownfish, lionfish, eels, gobies, blennies, angelfish, butterflyfish, etc. etc. Because of the adult size of these fish, a minimum of 75 gallons is recommended for keeping just one, 100 or more gallons would house 2 of them but it is highly unlikely they would get along.
  • James - 2014-03-03
    I've had a Blue Tang (Regal Tang) for several months now living with 2 clown fish, a Kole Tang, and Royal Gramma. There is no aggression amongst any of my fish and they all hang close together. I can see if the hippo has lived in the tank for awhile and you introduce another fish, that could lead to a territorial issue as with all fish. Add the Hippo last and he will be bullied for a couple hours at best and does just fine thereafter. Also introducing fish while the lights off increases the chance for a more peaceful transition.
katie - 2010-05-29
I have had 2 blue tangs in my tank for 3 weeks. And I know 1 of them is really stressed but the other is always hiding behind the rocks and isn't coming out to feed because the other one that is stressed, when the one isn't feeding it wants to come out from behind the rocks but it can't because of the one that is stressed is chasing after it to get back behind the rocks. Why isnt it coming out and feeding?

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    You are only supposed to keep one on its own. They are solitary fish
  • Pete - 2012-02-06
    Thats why why you should keep one per tank.
  • claire - 2012-03-02
    We have 2 in our tank and they never fight and they swim together, never any problems. So it is possible to have 2 per tank!
  • Mike - 2012-03-09
    Two or more are fine in a tank if introduced at the same time. Its even better if they are introduced together at a younger age. I have have had two in my tank for over two years with no problems. Also make sure your tank is not too small and not overcrowded.
  • kyle corrin - 2012-10-15
    I have a 3ft tank can i keep a yellow tang and a powder tang together if i introduce them small and at the same time.
  • playdoc - 2012-11-01
    No.3ft. is normally about 25-40 gallons, and Blue Tangs need 75 gallons for one or two.
Callan Checkley - 2012-08-25
Is a 3ft tank big enough for a blue tang to live in?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    That size tank would not be large enough for the adult size of a Tang.  As a younger it would be OK but as it starts to grow - it is recommended that the blue Tan have at least a 75 gallon tank.  Smaller could cause stunting.  A 3 foot tank (which is normally 12 inches wide) is only about 22 gallons which isn't big enough for your fella. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-26
    no worrys thanks
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-16
    No problem. What fish can I have in a 25 gallon tank?
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-15
    I have a 25 gallon tank. Will that be enough for one or two Blue Tangs?
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-15
    No, let me reiterate what Charlie pointed out... 25 gallons is not big enough for even one, they really need 75 gallons or more.
  • playdoc - 2012-10-18
    Okay thanks. What fish can I have?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    For this fish, especially if you want 2 a 125 gallon tank is recommended.
Ryan - 2012-10-04
I've seen some as far south as Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I haven't been diving much further south so can not verify that they don't live past there.

MaDdIeElIzAbEtH - 2011-02-03
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  • Mae - 2011-05-24
    omg! That is exactly what happened to me to and this site helped!
  • Neil Walker - 2012-08-04
    In my opinion Trish and Katie dont have a clue about fish keeping, anyways I'm absolutely certain that dory will start out in a shoal when young but gradually become isloated in the wild, so to assume that these fish are going to stay young forever and stay together long, is a mistake. They don't like their own species company at all and if you have a GIANT aquarium and have a couple or more 'blues' they are still never together, even though they don't fight, they should not be encountering each other so often. It is a mistake, a BIG one if u have a 180 gallon tank to keep two, It is a SHAME if you have two in a smaller reef. Shame on all of you in this forum if u keep two. By the way don't over feed them brine shrimp, my sis and all that because they primarily eat zoo plankton and Red or Purple Algae.
AndrewPeacock - 2010-05-25
Is it a good beginning fish?

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    Yes, in a well matured tank you shouldn't have too many problems.
  • Mike - 2012-03-09
    In my opinion it is a good beginner fish. Just feed them the right stuff. I feed my two New Life Spectrum pellets and Omega marine flake everyday. I occassionally supplement with chopped scallop, chopped shrimp (remember to include the skin when chopping up the shrimp), mysis shrimp and dried seaweed. Both of mine even survived an ich outbreak in my tank. I also occassionally add liquid vitamins to the flake food before adding it to the tank. They also get along with other fish very easily. I have a fish only tank with about 12 different species in it.
  • James - 2012-04-28
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-28
    Tangs are very sensitive to water conditions and can be picky eaters. They are not good for beginners unless you are extremely dedicated to your tank.
Trish - 2011-04-03
I am amazed reading all the comments about Dory! I must have gotten the "mean Dory" because she is nothing like the Dory in the Movie. I strongly believe that Dory is threatend by me because she came into the marriage via my husband one year ago. She HATES me and recently my husband bought me a tiny cute Dory (I named her DOLLY) so when he let her out into the tank, big Dory attacked her and chewed a good chunk of her tail. It is like Dory knew Dolly was mine and just took it out on her. So dolly is doing so much better now but Dory chases her and lets her know who is BOSS! Dory makes loud popping noises when she sees me and she loves to sleep! Wow. One day I clearly upset her and she got sick, spots and puffy eyes, my husband checked the 100 gallon aquarium and all was fine. So I have to be on my best behavior and not upset Dory. It is amazing. She runs the WHOLE aquarium! No joke. I love this fish despite her dislike for me and Dolly. She has a very unique character and they are beautiful!

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  • DV - 2011-04-30
    You can not put two dory's in one tank. Trish
  • Anonymous - 2011-05-15
    Blue tangs will most likely get agressive towards each other when put in the same tank, especially if they are both actually males (despite the girl names).
Wes Goedjen - 2006-08-12
Just make sure when you have two tangs, in our case a yellow and a blue...that they are the same size when added. We have a 150 gallon tank with 60 pounds of live rock and our yellow attacked and unfortunetely killed our Dory!!

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    Next time do your research, as many fish on the reef will not get on in the small confines of a tank.
  • kate - 2011-10-07
    60 pounds isnt a lot of rock for a 150.
ryan bull - 2005-10-26
i've had 2 regal tangs for over 12 years and produced 3 young from them. it takes a long time to get them going but it well worth the effort in the long run.

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  • Pete - 2011-06-18
    You must be the only person who has bred tangs in captivity. Lucky you.
aris/dory - 2010-01-23
I love dory! =) They are so pretty and and amazing fish! I have this inside joke with my friend chris, since I've hit my head so many times like dory. he calls me that all the time! It can be annoying, but I don't mind cuz dory is such a cool fish!

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  • kaitlyn - 2010-03-26
    I like dory as well.
  • Ashley - 2010-11-12
    Dory is AWESOME!!:)
  • KAtiee - 2011-04-08
    She is ahhmazing