Atlantic Blue Tang (Acanthurus coeruleus)

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Atlantic Blue Tang

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Atlantic Blue Tang

Acanthurus coeruleus

473 Litres (125 US G.)

22.9-25.4cm (9-10 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Flake Foods
Other (See article)

8-10 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Atlantic Blue Tang, Blue Tang Surgeonfish, Blue Tang, Blue Doctorfish, Blur Tang

Additional scientific names

Cirujanos azules, Acanthurus brevis, Acanthurus broussonnetii, Acanthurus caeruleus, Acanthurus heliodes, Acanthurus nigricans, Acanthurus violaceus, Acronurus caeruleatus, Hepatus caeruleus, Hepatus pawnee, Teuthis coeruleus, Teuthis helioides


The Atlantic Blue Tang is found Caribbean and the West Atlantic ocean.

Tank compatibility[edit]

The ideal tank should have a good water current to play in, a ph of 8.1 – 8.4, temperature between 72°F and 78°F (25°C – 27°C), sg 1.020 – 1.025, dkh 8 – 12°.


Marine algae and plant, and will also accept mostly vegetable matter. They will eat meaty foods, but most of their diet should be plant-based.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed 3 times a day.


The Atlantic Blue Tang begins life yellow with a blue ring around the eyes, they then mature to the blue that gives it its common name. This Tang is rounded and laterally depressed. Mature fish have triangular caudal fins, the tips become elongated.



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