Palette Surgeonfish

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Palette Surgeonfish

This species is known as Blue Tang, Palette Surgeonfish and the correct latin name is Paracanthurus hepatus. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called the Tang family. (e) It's origin is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This Tangs is peaceful.

Palette Surgeonfish can grow up to 31 cm what is approximately 12 inches. 1 specimen basically needs at least 3720cm2 of water surface which is approximately 576 square inch. We recommend you to keep it in fish tanks which are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the Palette Surgeonfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The pH level should be stable, varying between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for marine fish.

Palette Surgeonfish picture

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

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Palette Surgeonfish, picture no. 5
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#1 Posted on Tue Apr 28 21:02:41 UTC 2009 by edwin
It's my dream to keep this blue tang. Within 2 months since I purchased it doubled the size now. It likes to eat chopped shrimp.
This comment was published on Fri Jun 12 3:58:43 UTC 2009
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