Pow­der blue tang

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine -

Sci­en­tific name: Acan­thu­rus leu­coster­non Ori­gin: Indo-pa­cific Max­i­mum size: Around 15-25cm Cost: £30-85

Its hard to think of a nicer-look­ing ma­rine fish than the Pow­der blue tang. How­ever, it’s the cause of much distress to aquar­ists, be­cause it can prove too dif­fi­cult to care for in the long term. Due to dis­ease sus­cep­ti­bil­ity and in­suf­fi­cient food in­take, many don’t sur­vive be­yond their few few weeks in the aquar­ium. It’s a sad state, since most of them feed read­ily soon af­ter im­por­ta­tion.

By tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps to in­crease the chances of suc­cess with this species, aquar­ists can ex­pect a ro­bust and long-lived fish that will turn heads through­out its life.

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