Blue Hippo Tang - Melanesia

Paracanthurus hepatus

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Blue Hippo Tang - Melanesia

Blue Hippo Tang - Melanesia

Paracanthurus hepatus

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Blue Hippo Tang - Melanesia 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.

Reviewed by: Gary Sparks on May 7, 2024

Very nice for getting it as bonus for spending a certain amount.

Reviewed by: Richard Kenney on May 6, 2024

Reviewed by: Mingxuan Wang on May 5, 2024

Beautiful, active and brightly colored

Reviewed by: Brian Clark on April 26, 2024

Reviewed by: Jeremiah Campbell on April 3, 2024

Reviewed by: Jason Richer on April 3, 2024

Reviewed by: Pink Floyd Diagon on April 2, 2024


Reviewed by: David Paige on April 1, 2024

Super healthy. Is eating like a piglet

Reviewed by: Ryan Mccormack on March 12, 2024

Very healthy possibly the healthiest fish I ever purchased.

Reviewed by: Sean Boyer on Dec. 26, 2023

Reviewed by: Dan Roberts on Dec. 5, 2023


Reviewed by: Debbie Konechney on Nov. 21, 2023

Healthy beautiful fish

Reviewed by: Somchai Kachanthong on Aug. 20, 2023

Everything arrived in excellent condition! First time ever ordering live fish to be shipped and I would do it again!

Reviewed by: Tim White on Aug. 13, 2023

Reviewed by: Brittney Thornton on Aug. 10, 2023

Was so pretty. Unfortunately did not live few days was so disappointed one that I really wanted. I have had hard time with tangs.

Reviewed by: Kim Smith on Aug. 8, 2023

He came alive and well

Reviewed by: Barbara Pinedo on Aug. 8, 2023

Reviewed by: Jana Hess on July 27, 2023

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