Aquatic Design Centre

Aquarium Design Specialists & Aquatic Supplies

Blue Regal Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

We all remember when Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” was released in 2003 and Nemo the Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) was a big hit for many kids and adults as well. As a result sales of clownfish in small aquariums increased dramatically across the country, which brought some concern with animal welfare groups. Now with the release of the new film “Finding Dory” we expect another increase in demand for the Pacific Blue Tang – Paracanthurus hepatus, also commonly know as the Regal Tang, Hippo Tang, Palette Tang/Surgeonfish and now Dory.

Unfortunately (unlike Nemo/Clownfish) Blue Tangs are all wild caught, are more difficult to keep, prone to skin diseases and can grow up to 26cm. That being said they can be kept quite happily if provided with proper care and good water quality. Its our duty to educate our customers and make sure that they are aware of the facts and care of keeping these beautiful fish.

Blue Tangs Paracanthurus hepatus are found widespread in the Indo-West Pacific waters around coastal to outer reefs living at depths of around 2-40 metres, where juveniles feed on zooplankton and introduce a benthic algal diet as they grow. They belong to the Acanthuridae family (Surgeonfishes), and as with all Surgeonfish and Tangs they share a common characteristic that they have one or more very sharp spines or “scalpels” on each side of their caudal peduncle (the area where the tail joins the rest of the body). These spines are used defensively or for protection from either intruders or quarreling with each other specially for territory. Care should be taken when handling these animals.

Captive Care

Blue Regal Tangs are not typically aggressive and live quite peacefully with other tank mates, they can be kept in groups but only in large sized aquariums (800L min) with plenty of swimming room and rock work retreat décor. Typically Blue Tangs are algal grazers, but they should be also offered meaty enriched foods, like krill, mysis shrimp, and mussels. Its very important that they are offered plenty of marine based seaweeds and algae foods which will strengthen their immune system, reduce aggression and improve health. Sea Veggies, Spirulina, Vitalis Aquatic Nutrition, and Ocean Nutrition – pellets, flakes and grazing rings are all ideal products and are very easy to use. Vitmain supplements are also a good idea and we recconmend Brightwell Aquatics – Vitamarin and Amino liquids.

So in summary Blue Tangs make a great addition to most reef and community based marine aquariums, colourful, show full, and also great for controlling algae. They need plenty of swimming space and should have access to retreats like rocks, coral and caves. They rarely pick on corals, invertebrates and other tank mates, but sometimes will quarrel with each other. Water conditions should be kept between 22-25°C, dKH 8-12, and a specific salt gravity levels of 1.020-1.025. They are prone to Ich (marine white spot Cryptocaryon irritans), and other skin infections like lateral line and fin erosion. But if well looked after and fed a varied nutritional diet, they can happily grow to 26 cm and live up to 20 years in captivity.

Currently all the fish we sell are from highly monitored suppliers where collection, handing, and shipping regimes are in place and key species are only temporarily available at any given time. Its our duty to educate the public and customers about keeping exotic animals and why it is vital to keep hobby strong and alive. All our shop staff are well experienced hobbyists and if you need more advice please feel free to speak to us. We have many aquariums on display and also supply custom size aquarium builds.

All available fish for sale are wild caught (at the time of writing). Although the IUCN currently lists the species as ‘Least Concern’ it doesn’t mean to drop our concerns, there is still is not enough world data to conclude that wild numbers are stable or declining. There is a strong ongoing breeding program in Taiwan with some successful spawning but rearing fry as been a real challenge.

ADC Team
Rudie H Kuiter/Helmut Debelius,2001, Surgeonfishfishes, Rabbitfishes and their relatives: A comprehensive Guide to Acanthuroidei, 2001: 69-71.

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Aquarium Maintenance Services

With over 30 years in the business and nationwide coverage we are one of the foremost aquarium and fish tank maintenance companies in London and the UK. It is also the reason that some of the most prestigious and famous companies in the world employ us to maintain their fish tanks, from hotels, restaurants, stores, airports, cosmetics counters, private residences, offices and headquarters.

Reliability and Professionalism

We have earned a reputation for reliability and unparalleled service. Our dedicated team of engineers, experts and back-office support help to maintain and look after your aquaria, whether it be freshwater, marine, coral reef system. All staff are employed by the Aquatic Design Centre and you have access to the most experienced aquarium experts in the country. This way we are able to maintain high standards and ensure we provide an economic and valuable service to our customers.

Nationwide Service and Overseas

We offer nationwide maintenance services and can also manage contracts overseas, currently helping businesses in North America, Europe and the Middle East. There are over 1500 fish tanks and aquaria maintained by us.

High Quality Livestock and Materials

Our central London Aquatic shop and store enable us to supply accessories and equipment for any job we are working on. We source high quality livestock bred for better health and have our own coral farm to supply healthy corals without damage to the environment.

24hr Emergency call out service

Our 24 hour emergency service is also back up with our workshops and retail centre, which holds all the supplies and equipment to resolve any problem quickly.

Due to the large number of customers we serve, it enables us to offer unbeatable prices for a full service. Please Call our London Office on (+44)20 7636 6388 to speak to our experts and discuss your aquarium or pond maintenance requirements or obtain a quote.

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Aquarium Design, Manufacture, and Installation

The Aquatic Design Centre have created some of the most stylish and luxury bespoke built aquariums and fish tanks in the country. We draw on over 25 years of expertise in designing, manufacturing and installing aquariums. With over 1,500 bespoke aquarium installations under our supervision and an exclusive client list, we are the UK’s leading specialists in custom built aquarium design and installation.

You will see our work in landmark buildings, stores, restaurants, offices, museums, exhibitions, TV, stylish homes and gardens in the UK and International designs in North America and the Middle East. We undertake commissions of all sizes, from large commercial developments to small domestic residential aquariums and ponds. Private homes to international headquarters and each solution is completed to the highest professional standard.

Our key points in design ensures a personal flexible professional service

Initial consultation with clients and architects. Financial forecasting and budget planning, project management, site study, architectural planning/drawing and site planning. We can help you develop the concept to something that not only looks amazing but will work at the intended location dealing with the complexities of large volumes of water and the weights involved. We work to the exacting standards demanded of architects, designers, film and TV industries, delivering on time and within your budget.

Tailored aquascaping to suit the environment, client vision and aesthetics

We deal with all the lighting, plumbing, and filtration system installation. Using the very latest in equipment and aquatic technology. Introduction of livestock and ongoing professional maintenance with on and off site water monitoring systems.

Aquarium manufacturing service

Our workshop facility has expanded over the years. We also occupy a large premises in Surrey, where our facilities enable us to manufacture large scale glass aquariums, filtration manufacture, steel supports, cabinet fabrication and livestock holdings.

24hr emergency call out service

Our 24 hour emergency service is also back up with our workshop and retail centre, which holds all the supplies and equipment to resolve any problem quickly.

Whatever your requirements we’ll be able to realise your vision. If you have a project which requires an bespoke aquarium or custom built pond installation please call our London Office on (+44) 20 7636 6388 for free advice or to book an appointment.

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