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Paracanthurus hepatus Wedgetail Blue Tang, Blue Surgeon, Blue Surgeonfish, Dory, Flagtail Surgeonfish, Flag-tail Surgeon-fish, Hepatus Tang, Indo-Pacific Bluetang, Palette Surgeonfish, Palette Tang, Regal Blue Surgeonfish, Regal Blue Tang, Wedgetailed Blue Tang, Wedge-tailed Tang


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lexID:
524 
AphiaID:
219676 
Scientific:
Paracanthurus hepatus 
German:
Paletten Doktorfisch 
English:
Wedgetail Blue Tang, Blue Surgeon, Blue Surgeonfish, Dory, Flagtail Surgeonfish, Flag-tail Surgeon-fish, Hepatus Tang, Indo-Pacific Bluetang, Palette Surgeonfish, Palette Tang, Regal Blue Surgeonfish, Regal Blue Tang, Wedgetailed Blue Tang, Wedge-tailed Tang 
Category:
Surgeonfishes & Tangs 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Paracanthurus (Genus) > hepatus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1766 
Occurrence:
Hong Kong, (the) Maldives, American Samoa, Australia, Caroline Island, China, Christmas Islands, Comores, Cook Islands, Coral sea, Great Barrier Reef, Guam, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Lord Howe Island, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New South Wales (Australia), Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Okinawa, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland (Australia), Réunion , Samoa, South-Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tansania, the Andaman Sea, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, the Seychelles, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wake Atoll, Western Pacific Ocean 
Sea depth:
2 - 40 Meter 
Size:
11.42" - 12.2" (29cm - 31cm) 
Temperature:
73.4 °F - 78.8 °F (23°C - 26°C) 
Food:
Algae, Banana, Brine Shrimps, Dandelion, Flakes, Frozen Food (large sort), Krill, Mysis, Nori-Algae, Salad 
Tank:
439.96 gal (~ 2000L) 
Difficulty:
Only for advanced aquarists 
Offspring:
Possible to breed 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2018-11-30 15:52:28 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Paracanthurus hepatus are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Paracanthurus hepatus, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Paracanthurus hepatus, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.

Husbandry

Paracanthurus hepatus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Palette surgeonfish

With its vibrant electric blue body dressed with bold black markings and its yellow tail this beautiful fish is one of the most popular surgeonfish species, which is found in almost every reef aquarium all over the world.
As a rule it is a peaceful and reef-safe fish though it might behave aggressively towards other surgeonfish species. Some specimen have been observed nipping at corals.

The Palette tang is a very active fish which loves to swim. In the ornamental fish trade mainly very small juveniles are offered, but you should keep in mind, that this cute fish may grow up to a size of 30 cm, so it should be kept only in really large tanks providing ample free space to roam and a well-structured reef with lots of crevices for the fish to hide at night.

Synomyms:
Acanthurus hepatus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Acanthurus theuthis Lacepède, 1802
Paracanthurus theuthis (Lacepède, 1802)
Teuthis hepatus Linnaeus, 1766

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Acanthurinae (Subfamily) > Acanthuridae (Family) > Paracanthurus (Genus) > Paracanthurus hepatus (Species)

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Husbandry know-how of owners

Hausriff_Youtube am 26.09.20#54
Ich habe ein Video über die Haltung von den häufigsten Doktorfischen auf Youtube hochgeladen
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Muschelzeugs am 09.02.16#53
Ich pflegte über Jahre hinweg ein sich tolerierendes Paar, hin und wieder gab es streitereien aber nix schlimmes. Bis die Lage sich so zuspitzte das das dominierende Tier seine Dominanz damit zum Ausdruck brachte, dass es alle Pilzlederkorallen im Becken (11Stück) in regelmäßigen Zeitabständen kleinere Stücke rausbiss. Nach wochenlangen versuchen das Tier zu fangen gelang dies schließlich.Seit dem ahmt das verbleibene Tier diese Unart nach. In meinen 300x80x80 cm ist dafür noch viel zu wenig Platz. Beide Tiere waren "Spenden". Das entfernte Tier schwimmt jetzt im großen Schwarm in einem öffentlichen Schauaquarium.
Das verbleibende Tier lässt langsam wieder ab von den beissereien an den Pilzlederkorallen.
Deniz am 08.08.15#52
Mittlerweile ist Dorle wieder gesprungen, einmal in den Filterschacht und einmal auf den Boden. Haben nun die Beckenunrandung deutlich auf allen Seiten erhöht. Jedesmal hat sie ihren Ausflug gut überstanden und fraß gleich wieder. Frau panisch,Katzen neurotisch, Dorle nimmts gelassen.
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