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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cecia saravia - 2010-10-23
Why do blue tangs scratche against the live rocks? Need answer asap.

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  • Jan - 2010-11-13
    Did you get an answer only my blue tang is doing the same could you please let me know if you did so I can understand why he is doing this.
    Many thanks.
  • Maria - 2010-12-31
    Mine was doing the scratch thing and then I noticed that he had white spots and injuries from scratching. I fed the whole tank food soaked in garlic flavor enhancer because I heard that the white spots were probably ich. anyway, They(spots) disappeared and the fish are healthy. My blue no longer scratches anymore either. Good luck!
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-02
    White spot, try using a uv filter this will help/ stop.
  • Alex - 2011-01-12
    You might have ich disease see if she has white spots if so buy medicine and a water change.
  • ces - 2011-02-14
    I have watched my tang do the same thing. She/he would bang against the rocks and eventually knock something off of it. She would then promptly eat what ever she knocked off.
carley - 2010-11-29
I have a regal tang and he is like eating all the algae in his tank.. and he is like skinny... I feed him goldfish food.. do I need to feed him something else? Oh.. wait.. he just died.. dang it!

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  • samantha - 2011-02-09
    Wow I think you should of read up on the regal tang before you bought one they live on brine mysis and such. Why would you feed it goldfish food? Next time learn about the animal and then buy it.
YURIY - 2007-01-28
dude, this web site is the bomb! i have a huge progect to do, and i got an A+

Nichole - 2010-04-08
I just bought a blue tang today and she is a beauty! We also have a Undulate Trigger which are very aggressive,( did not know this until after I bought him,) and they get along great. We are new to the hobby but our tank is doing very well and "Dory" makes a great addition. She is still a little shy but very cool to just sit and watch. I catch myself sitting just looking at the tank with all our fish.

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  • camisha - 2010-04-29
    I love this fish and it looks nice they should be everywhere.
  • michael ewton - 2010-11-12
    Hey!!:)Whatz Up!!:)
Donna - 2010-06-18
I have a 3 year old blue hippo tang and he/she now has a swollen belly and isn't eating and is pale over the lower half. I love this fish, please help!

hello - 2010-01-26
I had a report to do for school. I wanted to do something that has to do with nemo but I didn't have the time to look up the movie type of fish. They had in the movie, but I typed in the top 10 most beautiful fish and this was listed number 6. Any way I loved learning about this fish. I am going to do an extra credit project on it! go fish!

Thomas - 2009-05-26
Regal tangs are cute, clever and nice looking. Last week I bought one from a pet shop in china town. It was very skinny at first but after lots of feeding it finally grew bigger. I feed it with fish food, vegetables, and prawns.

Harriette - 2009-04-14
I just got my beautiful regal which I have named Betty. She is around 3 inches and cost only

Grace - 2009-01-28
Also found this sentence from another poster after tons of digging:
The blue tang is of minor commercial fisheries importance, however it is occasionally utilized as a bait fish. The flesh has a strong odor and is not highly prized. This fish may cause ciguatera poisoning if consumed by humans. However, blue tangs are collected commercially for the aquarium trade. An unwary human who tries to handle the blue tang risks the chances of being badly cut by the caudal spine. These spines, on both sides of the caudal peduncle, are extended from the body when the fish becomes excited. The quick, thrashing sideways motion of the tail can produce deep wounds that result in swelling and discoloration, posing a high risk of infection. The pain can last for hours, until eventually subsiding into a dull ache. It is believed that some species of Acanthurus have venom glands while others do not. The spines are used only as a method of protection against aggressors. Having one in an aquarium and cornering it will most likely result in injury.

Linda - 2008-10-30
I hope all fishkeepers will not overstock their aquariums thus causing unnecessary stress and deaths of beautiful fishes. Keep in mind that they are cute when small, but will grow large. We all need to be responsible as it is a privilege to have a replica of the living sea in our homes. I have a 90 gallon tank and my hippo tang has been an only child for almost 1 year. I finally decided to add one more fish - a yellow tang (different color/body shape) because tangs can become very aggressive towards their own species. The great news is that they hit it off and are best buddies. My hippo tang has never been happier. They spend the day swimming together and the yellow tang has finally gotten the hippo tang to eat kelp flakes. Go figure!