Powder Blue Tangs, Acanthurus leucosternon, are found dispersed throughout the waters of the Indo Pacific region. Members of the genus Acanthurus are also called Surgeonfish, making reference to the scalpel-like spines located at the base of the tail. These Tangs are agile swimmers and entertain the aquarium viewers with their amusing antics. Tangs are herbivores and their diets should therefore contain a variety of marine vegetable matter, such as seaweed. Be sure to provide passages within the rockwork of the aquarium to provide security for the Tangs. It is not unusual for the coloration to look faded or blotchy in the mornings. The normal coloration will return within a few hours. As with any members of the Tang family, use of a quarantine aquarium for initial introduction is recommended. The Powder Blue and Powder Brown Tangs are likely to quarrel when placed in the same aquarium unless provided with a tremendous amount of space and Live Rock.
Approximate arrival size for Powder Blue Tang:
Small: 1-2"; Medium: 2.5-3.5"; Large: 4-5
Available from companies on our saltwater fish dealers page.