Blue Hippo Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

Common Name: Blue Hippo Tang
Scientific Name: Paracanthurus hepatus
Reef-Safe: Yes
Min. Tank Size: 90 gallons
Captive Care: Intermediate
Temperament: Peaceful
Max. Size: 25 cm (10")
Range: Coast of East Africa to the islands of Micronesia, Line Islands and Samoa Islands, in the western Pacific from Kochi Prefecture to northern New South Wales
Depth: 2 - 40m (6.6 - 131.2ft)
Diet: Omnivore
Remarks: Made instantly recognizable by popular culture. Juveniles often found among branching Acropora corals. African variant develops yellow color in the belly when mature. Prefers high energy current to thrive.