Blue Hippo Tang - Central Pacific

Blue Hippo Tang - Central Pacific

Paracanthurus hepatus


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Care Facts

Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Flake, Pellet, Brine, Greens
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons


The Blue Hippo Tang, a.k.a. Regal Tang, is a beautiful blue fish with black bands and a yellow tailfin. These fish have interesting behavior and do well in groups. The Blue Hippo likes lots of rockwork to help make it feel secure. They can be kept singly or in groups. The Blue Hippo can be very timid and may wedge themselves under rocks and into caves and crevices when young or new to an aquarium. In the wild they will wedge themselves into coralheads and branching corals. They are very peaceful towards other fish and do well in a peaceful community or reef tank. This fish will often lie on its side and "play dead".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. 

Great little fish! Had a little trouble getting him to eat what I offered but, finally got him to take flake (tried pellet & frozen first). Beautiful coloration and great addition!


Reviewed by: Geoff Warrell on Feb. 26, 2017

Great buy! Healthy and happy! I bought a little tiny one, and boy, is he an eater! He's like a vacuum cleaner when I feed. Lol!


Reviewed by: Chel on Nov. 26, 2016

Received a beautiful fish! I got a smaller size tang, the little guy took to my tank very well and seems to be doing great! absolutely no signs of any diseases. very please with my order :)


Reviewed by: Ryan Chambers on Aug. 12, 2016

I got the smaller size hippo tang, I was a little nervous during the acclimation because it kept laying on its side while I was waiting. I went back on the site and read in the description that they like to play dead when there isn't any hiding spots and they're nervous. It's one of the healthiest looking hippo tangs I've seen, very pleased with my fish order


Reviewed by: Ajmarks on May 17, 2016

Love this little fish. He has adapted well. No complaints at all.


Reviewed by: Rachel on May 17, 2016

I got this little guy as a free gift with an order, he was so tiny when he arrived but his beautiful coloration has quickly made him my favorite fish!


Reviewed by: Holly Weiland on May 3, 2016

The fish is very active and healthy, no sign of stress or diseases. I still put it into my 3 weeks quarantine and its eating great. got nice coloration. A happy fish is a healthy fish.


Reviewed by: Vise Fi on April 7, 2016

Pay a little more and order the larger sizes. The small ones seem very delicate. I lost two of them... But the team at saltwaterfish.com was quick to issue credit! No complaints at all! I give a 5 star because the blue hippos that I have ordered have always been beautiful and disease free.


Reviewed by: Tazdad08 on March 22, 2016

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