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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Beauty Powder Blue Tang

Beauty Of Animal | The Beauty Powder Blue Tang | Acanthurus Leucosternon, The powder blue tang is light blue with yellow and white highlighted fins. Its face is a uniform black with a white outline. The fish does not undergo color changes as it matures, as some tangs, surgeonfish and unicornfish do. The species can grow to a maximum length of 25 cm. Acanthurus leucosternon's natural distribution is in the Indian Ocean in clear reef settings, from Indonesia and Christmas Island westward to eastern Africa to the Andaman Sea.

The tang is uncommonly harvested for anything other than the marine aquarium industry. It is a commonly-sold fish that is moderately difficult to care for, although its popularity is easily exceeded by the Blue tang and Yellow Tang[citation needed]. They are very prone to Cryptocaryon irritans (marine itch) infections so be careful when purchasing. Most people will advise to observe in your local fish stores for a couple weeks; this is a poor test. 
Most aquarium fish providers run low levels of copper in their systems to keep parasites at bay, but not enough to kill the parasites, when they are brought home they should be kept in an isolation tank for at least 6 weeks before introducing them to the display tank. Proper hyposalinity treatment that fully cures Marine Ich is required on all Acanthurus Tangs. They are reef safe and are compatible with most species.

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