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Powder Blue Tang
Acanthurus leucosternon
Powder Blue Tang
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Size: 2.5-3.5 inches
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe:
Diet: Pellet, Flake, Greens
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 55 Gallons
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The Powder Blue Tang Acanthurus leucosternon is a reef safe fish also known as Powder Blue Surgeonfish. It has a light blue oval shaped body highlighted with bright yellow & white colors in its dorsal and pectoral fins, black face with white markings, and large eyes. Powder Blue Tang has a scalpel at the base of their tailfin which is very sharp and is used by the fish for protection from predators as well as a way of establishing itself with other saltwater fish. Powder Blue Tang Care: It is a fast-swimming vigorous fish that needs plenty of room so it would be recommended to keep in aquariums of 90 gallons or more with hiding places like live rock. The Powder Blue Tang like most all other surgeonfish are herbivore and marine seaweed and algaes should be part of their diet. The Powder Blue Tang is known to be an ich or white spot magnet and therefore proper acclimation and quarantine should be done in order to minimize this. The Powder Blue Tang will be aggressive toward other surgeonfish of similar color or body shape and it would be recommended to keep only one per saltwater aquarium. Once properly established the Powder Blue Tang will do great in a reef tank or fish only aquarium set up. The Powder Blue Tang is very sensitive to organic chemicals, such as nitrates, ammonia and nitrite and we suggest you to keep the levels of these chemicals very low in the aquarium having this fish. It thrives well in a temperature and pH range of 80-84 degrees F and 8.2-8.4 respectively. It is little difficult to handle this fish and thereby is recommended only for expert aquarists. Adjusting in a fish tank can be hard for the Powder Blue Tang fish, but does well once it is established.
This baby is the MOST soothing fish I have, pictures can not do them justice. They swim so elegantly and have the colors of velvet.For that regal look, this is the one you want!
Reviewed by:  joye cantrell from Tupelo Ms. on 5/16/2012
The Powder Blue Tang is an extraordinarily beautiful fish. These fish are baby blue in color with a bright yellow dorsal, white ventral and anal fins, black face with white markings, and large eyes. Once established, these fish do very well in an established tank with lots of live rock and swimming room. Keep only one per tank. These fish are very fragile and do not like to be abused by other fish. They are voracious algae eaters.The Surgeonfish family consists of fish which are colorful, thin-bodied, and usually have an oval shape. These fish have long continuous dorsal and anal fins and crescent tailfins. The scalpel at the base of their tailfin is very sharp and is used by the fish for protection from predators as well as a way of establishing itself with other fish. These fish are usually seen at reefs eating algae all day long.Photo by member, Nicole Duncan.

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