Hippo Tang

Hippo Tang
Hippo Tang, (Linnaeus, 1766)
Paracanthurus hepatus.

Native to: Indo-Pacific: East Africa, including the Mascarene Islands to Kiribati, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, and Samoa. (fishbase.org)

Max Length: 12.2″ (31cm)

Description: This bright blue, black, and yellow fish can prove difficult at times to adapt to captivity as it is vulnerable to many of the common diseases found in aquaria. Once acclimated to captivity, this fish must be fed well for long term health or they do not typically survive to maturity. The Hippo Tang was popularized significantly when Pixar’s Finding Nemo was released in 2003.(Dory).

Feeding: This fish requires frequent feedings of meaty and vegetable matter. Both frozen and pellet formula foods are a healthy choice. Quantity and frequency are very important.

Special Notes: Use caution when your hands are in the water with this animal as it has a sharp bone protruding from its body which it will use as a defense mechanism.

Michael, Scott; Marine Fishes


  1. How many of these can be kept in a 90gallon aquarium?

    • Hi Jon. Hope things are going well. Congrats on the new business.
      Anyway, to answer your question we would recommend only one Hippo tang per 90-gallon aqurium.

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