Powder Blue Tang


The Powder Blue Tang, also known as the Powder Blue Surgeonfish, has an oval body shape with extremely colorful, bold markings. It is prized for its vivid colors and bold markings, with several varying shades of blue accented by yellow and white. Bright yellow highlights the dorsal and pectoral fins, and striking blue-black markings outline the face and tail.

A 100 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to provide plenty of swimming room. It is extremely aggressive towards other Tangs or Surgeonfish, especially those similar in form and color, and should be the only one in the tank except in very large systems: introduce all at once if more than one is to be maintained in the same aquarium.

Although Tangs will eat meaty foods along with the other fish in the aquarium, it is important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweed and algae. This will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve their overall health. Offer dried seaweed tied to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week. Sea Veggies, Seaweed Salad and Ocean Nutrition are all ideal products and are very easy to use.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 9"
Color Form: Blue
Diet: Herbivore
Origin: Maldives, Sri Lanka
Family: Acanthuridae

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alexsoxfan01 June 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

I have owned a Powder Blue Tang for a while now, and all I can say is that this fish is incredible. It swims absolutely everywhere, Even when the lights are off he’ll wander in and out of caves. He can easily become a centerpiece fish for any type of saltwater aquarium, However, he has two problems to be aware of.
#1: Getting a them to eat may take a while. This frustrated me a lot to the point where I was going to trap the fish and put food in front of his face. Luckily he did eat some seaweed and from there, everything else I feed.
#2: This fish is susceptible to many disorders and parasites, be cautious.
Other than that, I would reccomend this fish to beginners and experts alike.

Nikki June 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I just want to say this: I have 4 in my 350 Aquarium. And my dumb sister loves nemo. She likes dory the most. When I saw this, I laughed. (No offense to people who made this article)

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