Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Max. Size: Up to 17"
Palani Tang (Acanthurus blochii)
Palani Tang are often confused with the Dussumier Tang, the Palani Tang is similar in color to the Dussumier. Their bodies are covered in small stripes that cross from one another, and there is a soft yellow band that covers their eyes like a mask.
These tangs are rather large, so they need to be housed in 150 gallon or larger tanks to provide ample room for swimming and live rock to create territories. The Palani Tang can be aggressive towards other tangs, so it is best to keep them with tank-mates of other species.
Although tangs will eat meaty foods, they prefer marine based seaweed and algae which will boosts their immune system, reduce aggression, and improve overall health. To feed them, tie dried seaweed to a rock or use a veggie clip, and feed at least 3 times per week.