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Blue Hippo Tang
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Quick Facts

Family: Acanthuridae
Range: Indo-Pacific
Size: Up to 12 inches
Diet: Herbivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: Yes
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

Species
  Paracanthurus hepatus
Environment
  Reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 40 m
Climate / Range

Tropical; 24°C - 26°C
Distribution
  Western Atlantic: New York, USA and Bermuda to the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Ascension Island
Description
 

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26 - 28; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 24 - 26. A deep-bodied surgeonfish (body depth 1.7 in SL) with a conspicuous yellow caudal spine. Has the most distinctive coloration of all western Atlantic surgeonfishes

Biology
  Inhabits coral reefs, inshore grassy or rocky areas. Forms small groups. Mainly diurnal. Feeds entirely on algae. At Fernando de Noronha Archipelago in southwestern Atlantic, juveniles hold cleaning stations together with the doctorfish (Acanthurus chirurgus) and sergeant major (Abudefduf saxatilis) and graze algae as well as pick molted skin and parasites from green turtles (Chelonia mydas). This behavior is preceded by a characteristic inspection usually followed by feeding nips on the turtles’ skin (head, limbs, and tail), as well as on the carapace. The most inspected and cleaned body parts are the flippers. The spine on both sides of the caudal peduncle may inflict painful wounds
 
 
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