Powder Blue Tang Fish (Acanthurus leucosternon)

This makes the case for saving the blue tang fish's population extremely urgent.
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Now, remember that scene in "Finding Nemo" where Nemo goes to touch the "butt," then the fisherman comes behind him and scoops him up from out of the water which leads to Marvin's wild chase for his son? Don't let that be the Blue Tang fish in real life!
The Disney/Pixar film could also have an effect on the Dory fish, the Blue Tang.
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This fish's common names include palette surgeonfish, flagtail surgeonfish, blue surgeonfish, common surgeon, doctorfish, letter six fish, Pacific blue tang, Pacific regal blue tang, regal blue tang, regal tang, royal blue tang, hippo tang, wedgetail blue tang and blue tang. Even someone without Dory's memory issues would be hard-pressed to remember all those names! In addition, Oceana, an environmentalist group, points out that an altogether different species of fish, , is also called a blue tang. blue tang fish | life of sea blue tang paracanthurus hepatus the blue tang is also ...
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The Regal Tang is a member of the surgeonfish family. The surgeon name refers to two sharp spines that stick out at the caudal peduncle – the area where the tail joins the rest of the body. The spines are easily tangled in nets. Regals will use these spines to wedge themselves into coral, so don’t injure them by panicking and trying to remove them. The mouth on tangs is very small and the body is compressed laterally. TheRegal's body is a beautiful blue oval with a black swirl that is reminiscent of anartist's palette. The caudal fin is yellow with a black edge along the margins.One animal rights group is the Walt Disney Company to put out a public service announcement asking people not to buy the fish. Their petition cautions, “If Disney does not place an explicit warning at the beginning of the film asking viewers not to adopt Blue Tang like Dory, then we will see a sharp decline in their population.”Now, scientists are bracing for Nemo’s sequel, , which will be released on June 17. Dory is a . Unlike the clownfish, scientists and aquarists have not been able to breed the blue tang in captivity so far. That’s led to worries that now this species could face severe pressure from overcollecting on reefs (primarily in the Indo-Pacific, one of the world’s top sources for wild tropical fish), if movie viewers turn out to be as interested in owning pet blue tangs as they were in owning clownfish.The Pacific Blue Tang is a member of the surgeonfishes and is one of the most active swimmers of the available tangs. They will need at least a 75 gallon tank (284 liters), preferably larger, to allow for adequate swimming space. They can be fairly hardy once acclimated but will not do well in a tank that has not completed the aquarium nitrogen cycle. You will also need highly oxygenated water provided through increased surface agitation (multiple power heads) and/or the heavy use of air stones.The Blue Tang also known as the Blue Hippo Tang, is one of the best looking tangs you can keep in our humble opinion. Along with increasing the popularity of Clownfish, that movie could also be credited with popularizing the Blue Tang as well. "Hey look, it's Dory from finding Nemo!" More recently, there is a movie coming out with Dory as the star called "Finding Dory"! Oh no, say it ain't so! I'm sure this will lead to many misguided parents picking one of these up at the local shop thinking they can keep them with little to no planning beforehand. Read on for more details on how to keep this tang.Everyone loved the main character of "Finding Nemo," Nemo, the adorable little orange and white fish with an awesome name, Clown fish. The sales of this fish skyrocketed 40% after the release of "Finding Nemo" in 2003. I mean, come on, who didn't want their own little Nemo? Now, with the soon release of "Finding Dory," the funny, blue, black, and yellow fish voiced by Ellen Degeneres is said to have a similar result in skyrocketing sales. But there is something important to know regarding the amount of people buying Blue Tang fish compared to the Clown fish. It could be detrimental for this species of fish, and here are the to main reasons why: