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The Blue Tang is a stunning fish with an electric blue body and striking black markings. These markings begin at the eyes, follow the dorsal line down to the tail, and circle back above the pectoral fin, resembling a painter’s palette. Because of this unique pattern, the Blue Tang is also known as the Palette Surgeonfish. It is also referred to as the Pacific Blue Tang, Hepatus Tang, or Regal Tang. Regardless of its name, the Paracanthurus hepatus is a beautiful and peaceful fish that can thrive in most large community marine aquariums. The Blue Tang is native to reefs in the Indo-Pacific and enjoys hiding in live rock, but it is also an active swimmer that needs ample space to move around. Although it is peaceful towards most tankmates, it can become aggressive towards other Blue Tangs. If you want to keep multiple specimens, introduce them all at once into a larger marine system. While the Blue Tang will eat meaty foods like other fish in the aquarium, it needs plenty of marine-based seaweed and algae to stay healthy. This will strengthen its immune system, reduce aggression, and improve its overall health. You can offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip and feed at least three times a week. Products like Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad, and Ocean Nutrition are ideal and easy to use. Proper care of the Blue Tang requires a higher degree of dedication and attention, as it is more susceptible to lateral line disease, fin erosion, Ich, and other skin parasites than many other fish. To keep your Blue Tang in optimal health, ensure the highest water quality and a varied diet rich in nutritious marine-based vegetables.