Regal tang

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine -

Sci­en­tific name: Para­can­thu­rus hep­a­tus Ori­gin: Trop­i­cal Indo-west Pa­cific Max­i­mum size: Around 30cm, but 15cm is more com­mon Cost: £18-40

The iconic Regal tang is of­ten en­coun­tered by aquar­ists when it’s very small – 1-2cm is not un­heard of. Re­mark­ably, given suit­ably be­nign tank­mates, even such mod­estly sized spec­i­mens can thrive.

Regal tangs have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing ner­vous fish, wedg­ing them­selves in aquar­ium decor at the first sign of trou­ble. This mir­rors their nat­u­ral be­hav­iour, where coral heads and reef crevices are their refuges. Given time, most will set­tle and be­come con­fi­dent – and de­velop enor­mous ap­petites.

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