Powder blue tang
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.