Blue Hippo Tang

Paracanthurus hepatus

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Blue Hippo Tang

Blue Hippo Tang

Paracanthurus hepatus

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Blue Hippo Tang Care Facts

Size: Small
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Fiji
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gallons
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes

Blue Hippo Tang

The Blue Hippo Tang, native to warm Indo-Pacific waters, including the Red Sea and Hawaiian Islands, inhabits coral-rich reefs, feeding primarily on algae. Reef-safe and peaceful, it grows up to 12 inches and can live over a decade in a spacious aquarium. Their diet includes algae-based foods, supplemented with marine algae and greens. When selecting tank mates, choose peaceful species, and provide ample space and hiding spots in a coral-rich environment. Captive-bred options support sustainable practices in the aquarium trade, reducing pressure on wild populations.


Found in the warm Indo-Pacific waters, the Blue Hippo Tang thrives in coral-rich reefs, ranging from the Red Sea and eastern Africa to Hawaiian waters, feeding primarily on algae.

Reef Compatibility

The Blue Hippo Tang is a reef-friendly species, coexisting peacefully with corals and invertebrates, making it a great addition to reef aquariums due to its algae-eating habits.

Size and Lifespan

Reaching up to 12 inches in length, the Blue Hippo Tang is among the larger tang species and can live over ten years in spacious, well-cared-for aquariums.

Dietary Needs

As herbivores, they consume a variety of algae. A balanced diet of high-quality algae-based foods and marine algae supplements is crucial for captive Blue Hippo Tangs.

Aquaculture Efforts

To meet high demand, successful breeding through aquaculture is increasing, offering a sustainable option that lessens the impact on wild populations.

Compatibility and Tank Mates

Best kept with peaceful, non-aggressive fish, Blue Hippo Tangs require a large aquarium with ample hiding spots to prevent territorial behavior.

Aquarium Requirements

Mimicking their natural coral-rich reef habitat with plenty of swimming space and live rock for grazing and hiding is key to maintaining a healthy Blue Hippo Tang.

Alternative Names

The Blue Hippo Tang is also known as Palette Surgeonfish, Regal Tang, Royal Blue Tang, or Blue Tang, admired for its beauty and reef-safe nature in saltwater aquariums.

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Reviewed by: Gary Sparks on March 6, 2024

So far doing fine, eating well

Reviewed by: Kenneth Devorak on March 4, 2024

Great service will shop again

Reviewed by: Nicholas Calabria on March 3, 2024

Great service

Reviewed by: Nicholas Calabria on March 3, 2024

Reviewed by: Barbara Pinedo on Feb. 23, 2024

Reviewed by: Brianne Goodon on Feb. 21, 2024

But these guys before never had good luck with them at other stores they would always die in the first couple days. I love the color of this guy he swims all over the tank High Low and middle he is all over

Reviewed by: Tim Fuest on Feb. 6, 2024

Whos doesn't like Dori? Blue hippo does not stop. Goes in and out of rocks and picks algae and copepods all day long. Gets along with all my inhabitants.

Reviewed by: Dale Pichelmayer on Jan. 17, 2024

Beautiful little guy

Reviewed by: Mike Perdue on Dec. 30, 2023

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Reviewed by: Joshua Aust on Dec. 3, 2023

I bought 3 and one died right away. They gave me credit right away. The other two have been doing amazing. I will buy more from them!

Reviewed by: Jason Kolbrek on Dec. 3, 2023

Reviewed by: Robert Pilny on Nov. 20, 2023

Small, active and good color. Eating well and a great addition for algae control.

Reviewed by: Christopher Reason on Nov. 16, 2023

Reviewed by: Robert Pilny on Nov. 15, 2023

Reviewed by: David Rigas on Oct. 22, 2023

Reviewed by: Zhong Liang on Oct. 12, 2023

Doing great

Reviewed by: Denise Kloepping on Oct. 8, 2023

Reviewed by: Jermaine Henderson on Oct. 3, 2023

Love it. But very small

Reviewed by: Jennifer Aldridge on Oct. 2, 2023

Reviewed by: Steve Morosin on Oct. 1, 2023

Blue Hippo is doing great… :)

Reviewed by: Carrie Hoffman on Sept. 25, 2023

And my blue hippo tang is just a little guy and he’s tearing things up. He just loves it in my aquarium. Yeah I I’m just having a great time with the order that I got that everything is doing real well, thank you very much

Reviewed by: Aaron Quider on Sept. 20, 2023

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